In Defense of Humanity: Let Gaza Live
By Cynthia McKinney
12th January 2009
We don't see the images. They are neatly
censored from our view in this country [USA]. But everywhere
else around the world the carnage that is Gaza is being seen and
the people are revolted by what they see.
They see dead babies, decapitated bodies,
defenseless relief workers killed. Maimed men, makeshift
morgues, mortified mothers.
They see exploding white phosphorus shells, cluster bombs,
depleted uranium munitions.
They see what is reportedly the world's fourth most powerful
military using all of its power against a defenseless people.
In fact, they are witnesses to 15 days of war crimes, crimes
against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.
They see Hugo Chavez expel Venezuela's Israeli Ambassador and
they see lawmakers in Ecuador condemn Israel's actions, calling
for an investigation into Israel's crimes against humanity.
And despite the obvious facts of an Israeli-sponsored terror
campaign against Palestinians in Gaza, a piece of territory
roughly twice the size of the District of Columbia, they see the
U.S. Congress support a resolution totally supporting Israel,
even though Israel is in violation of U.S. and international
They see Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, swaggering in insult
to black America by initially refusing to seat Roland Burris
from Illinois in the Senate, yet that same Reid cowers before
the pro-Israel lobby, and they wonder why.
And sadly, they see the U.S. President-elect, who roared onto
the scene like a lion, remain as quiet as a lamb in the face of
the utter inhumanity of Israel's actions, and they wonder why.
And then, they see us. Gathered here in front of the White
House, reaffirming our own humanity. The tears of the
Palestinians roll down our cheeks, even as we bury our own
victims of police murder.
A new day is coming in U.S. politics. We will use the power of
our vote to change U.S. policy. We will no longer check our
values at the door and support politicians and political parties
that fail to deliver.
Not one more bomb to Israel.
In defense of humanity, we will not give
up and we will win.
Cynthia McKinney served as a Democrat in
the U.S. House
of Representatives from 1993–2003, and
This article is at:
Israeli soldiers reveal the brutal truth
of Gaza attack
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