In Ankara, the capital of Turkey,
in the course of defending the cause of Palestine, I've met with
wonderful Cynthia McKinney, who would be the best president for the US.
After this touching meeting, she wrote to her list:
I can hardly believe this moment!!
Israel Shamir has written about me and lifted my spirits when I was most
down. Even from faraway Israel, he understood my plight and dared give
voice to the truth. They say that sometimes distance gives clarity--and
certainly in Israel's case, in observing my serial targeting, he saw
what many inside the United States could not see. Despite his writings,
I never met him until this moment, just a few minutes ago!! We are
speaking together this afternoon in Ankara, Turkey. He has already sent
his message out on his list and so I include it here for you. I will
send my message to you later. I will bring these contacts from around
the world that I have made on behalf of peace, home to the United States
so that we can more easily achieve our objectives for justice and peace
and dignity in the area of policy where we and the world need it the
most. We are a part of something much bigger than us individually, and
our moment is now.
I add to it now what I wrote about Cynthia a few years ago:
Ode to Cynthia
By Israel Shamir
Things must be bad indeed if a
woman steps forward to the line of fire. Nature arranged that a woman
does not court danger unless her land and her folks are in real trouble.
But when she does, she teaches men a lesson of manly behaviour.
When France was fading away, a
shepherd girl Jeanne d’Arc took a heavy sword and led the flower of
French nobles to assault the walls of Orleans. When cities of Republican
Spain was strafed by the Nazi Luftwaffe, it was a woman, Dolores
Ibarruri, La Pasionaria, who said to her people: it is better to die
tall, than to live on your knees. In 1990, when Mikhail Gorbachev led
his country to disaster and disintegration, a year before the wealth of
Russia was embezzled in privatisation spree, only one person has dared
to raise her voice against the dictator in the parliament. She was the
indomitable Sashie Umalatov, an MP from the Chechen Mountains.
Now it is the turn of the US to
feel the chilly wind of eternity on its face. It came from unexpected
direction. People of America became hostage in the hands of a few men
with too many dollars in their pockets and endless greed in their
hearts. For millennia, the difference of income, education, and standard
of living was not so vast in one land. The wealth of the nation could
provide every American with a superb education, perfect medical care,
happy childhood, secure old age, guaranteed home, and free time to open
one’s mind to new thoughts and old friends. America could be on its way
to the Golden Age of universal happiness and wisdom.
Instead of it, a small group of men
squeezes the nation in order to add another billion to their coffers.
They would surely destroy the US by their limitless greed. The devotees
of Mammon, they are totally devoid of compassion to the people they live
amongst. They do not see the local people as ‘their own kind’. If they
want to show compassion, they send money to Israel. Out of five dollars
American taxpayer gives for aid, four dollars land in the coffers of the
Jewish state. They appear unstoppable, as the politicians are scared of
them and docilely raise their hands and sign the pledge promising to
send more money to Israeli generals. Support of Israel is not a foreign
policy. It is the covenant of the Mammonites, and you sign it with
blood. With Palestinian blood.
But one woman refused to sign the
pledge. One woman, Cynthia McKinney, a member for Georgia, dared to
refuse. Four hundred congressmen signed it; they preferred their own
personal advancement to the good of the country. Ancestors of Cynthia
were slaves in her native Georgia. But she is one of a very few free
persons in the US Congress. As we Israelis were used to say about our
Golda Meir, she is the only man over there. She is a black woman, but
she is the whitest man of them all, they would say before the
Politically Correct era. She knew the billions of Israeli aid are needed
for the poor people of the United States, for her own Afro-American
community. She wanted to uphold the sovereignty of the people and
congress of the United States, in face of encroaching servility to the
She is not alone. Another wonderful
Afro-American congresswoman, Barbara Lee, cast the only vote against the
slaughter in Afghanistan; John Conyers, Jessie Jackson Jr, and Maxine
Waters supported the cause of Palestine on different occasions. Ron Paul
of Texas voted against all-house resolution sending obsequious greeting
to General Sharon. Nick Rahall, John Sununu, David Bonior did not bend.
Cynthia was just more outspoken in
seeing the evil. She said[i][i],
“There are many Members of Congress who want to be free. I am one of
them. I wanted to be free to vote according to my conscience, but I had
been told that if I didn't sign a pledge supporting the military
superiority of Israel, no support would come my way. And sure enough, I
didn't sign the pledge and no support came my way. I suffered silently
year in and year out, because I refused to sign that pledge. And then,
like a slave that found a way to buy his freedom... I went to work ... I
wanted to be free ... Free to cast the votes in the United States
Congress as I saw fit and not as I was dictated to”.
Now she stands for re-election, and her chances are
dim, as the frightful AIPAC, the spearhead of the organised Jewish
community, targeted her. They do not want to see independent and free
congressmen on the Capitol Hill. Their huge financial might, network of
connections in the media and universities are used to smother every free
voice. They succeeded to unseat Earl Hilliard, another Black
Congressman, who did not bow to Sharon, and now plan to do Cynthia in.
If they succeed, the cause of freedom will suffer a huge setback. If she
succeeds, the myth of Jewish omnipotence will evaporate, and America
will look towards better days, as support or rejection of segregated
Israel speaks volumes about true agenda of a candidate.
Cynthia is not ‘against Jews’, as there are many
very good folks of Jewish origin. While the organised Jewish community
implements quite a disgusting policy, in domestic and foreign affairs
alike, there are wonderful outsiders, ‘the remnant of Israel’. Rejected
by the community and rejecting it, they stand for integration in
Palestine and in the US. Some of them have supported Cynthia’s campaign;
another outsider manages her campaign. Through them, ‘you will be
blessed by all people’, the Lord’s promise to Abraham is made true.
I am not sure whether Rabbi Michael Lerner, the
editor of Tikkun, a “Progressive Jewish monthly” from California,
will be equally blessed. Rabbi Lerner has spoken in support of Cynthia
McKinney, but demanded in return to “call for Israel to be given either
membership in NATO or a mutual defence pact with the U.S.” Such a
support defeats its purpose. As if the military and political US backing
of the racist Jewish state were not sufficient, Lerner wants to
establish it in law. Cynthia openly spoke against hegemony of the
Zionist Lobby, against Israel connection. Lerner offers to achieve the
purpose of the Zionist lobby under pretence of fighting it. This
sophisticated cunning is not unusual for crypto-Zionists, acting as deep
penetration agents outside their milieu, and Lerner already has
performed a similar task for the Zionists during Durban Conference[ii][ii].
Next time, he will fight heroin addiction by demanding the drug to be
sold in every shop. Cynthia and other congressmen should accept his
offer of help for what it is worth, but reject his demand of political
payoff to Zionists.
Cynthia’s is not a divisive voice
of Blacks vs. Whites, nor Democrats vs. Republicans, neither Left
against Right. She speaks for the people of the US against foreign
interests. She is the congresswoman who dared to remind of the USS
Liberty seamen, butchered by Israeli heavy machine guns and missiles.
She reminded her audience of the last stand of Faris Ode, the brave
Palestinian kid who faced the Israeli tank with a stone and was
murdered. She stands against corporate greed. She stands for the nature
deemed expendable by the Greedies.
This woman with a name from the
love lyrics of Propertius, the delicate Greek poet, who called himself
‘a pale knight in thrall of my angry Cynthia’, is an all-American
figure, brought forth by the spirit of America. The great country does
not want to die. In such moments, the land calls for its sons and
daughters to step forward to the line of fire. Cynthia heard the call.
Support of Cynthia is the ultimate test of love to America, of belief in
America’s future in the family of nations, as an equal and friendly
nation, not as an enforcer for creed of Greed.
It is paramount to rally around
her, as the French nobles rallied to Jeanne d’Arc. Whether you are a
descendant of African slaves or Muslim immigrants, a son of Confederacy
or a Daughter of American Revolution, a freedom-loving Jew or a
born-again Christian - it is the time to unite for Cynthia and for
a speech at the ADC Chapter in San
Francisco on May 22, 2001