June 24, 2011 7:48 pm ET
Human and civil rights defender, former congressperson Cynthia McKinney questioned whether NATO unleashed a race war in Libya. In a major victory for McKinney, President Barack Obama lost support to continue war on Libya today when the House overwhelmingly rejected a measure giving the president authority to continue the U.S. military operation against Libya, a major repudiation of the commander in chief. According to McKinney, “the rebels” are cleansing Blacks out of the area.
In a written plea sent today to the writer, McKinney urged, “Please call the House and Senate and ask for an end to this madness. Defund US War Against Libya now!”
“Please let them know that US Libyan allies, the ‘rebels,’ are cleansing Blacks out of areas under their control.”
One day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a last-minute plea for the Libyan mission, the house voted today, 295-123, against continuing aggression on Libya according to Associated Press:
In a last-ditch effort Thursday, Clinton met with rank-and-file Democrats to explain the mission and discuss the implications if the House votes to cut off funds. The administration requested the closed-door meeting.
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said Clinton apologized for not coming to Congress earlier. But he said she warned about the implications of a House vote to cut off money.
“The secretary expressed her deep concern that you’re probably not on the right track when Gadhafi supports your efforts,” Walz said.
Despite what some have referred to as Clinton’s human rights table turning, Obama lost support of 70 of his Democrats.
“The president has operated in what we now know is called the zone of twilight as to whether or not he even needs our approval,” said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla. (AP)
John McCain, opposed passing a resolution that would “encourage Moammar Gadhafi to stay in power.”
Earlier this week, a Black Star News Editorial (VOD: at bottom of this post) condemned the recent New York Times editorial supporting the campaign against Libya, referring to it as ethnic cleansing:
So what can one say about the Times for ignoring the ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans by the “rebels” in Mistrata, with the help of NATO? Does this make The New York Times culpable of the ethnic cleansing, since the newspaper not only deliberately ignores the story, but also falsely depicts the “rebels” as Libya’s saviors? The Times also has totally ignored the African Union (AU) peace plan, which actually calls for a ceasefire, negotiations for a constitution, and democratic elections, all to be monitored by the International community. also reported that the rebels are being trained by former al-Qaeda leaders who were released from U.S. custody on Guantanamo Bay. is comfortable with the simplistic narrative: “al-Quathafi bad,” and “rebels good,” regardless of the fact that The Times can’t write about the ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans and migrants from other African countries because it would diminish the reputation of the “rebels” who the Times have fully embraced, even after the ICC also reported that they too have committed war crimes.
Media war propaganda
It is no secret that Libya is the home the world’s ninth largest and most proven oil reserves, 43.6 billion barrels, and some of the best drilling prospects. Oil, however, is publicly unspoken before invasions.
AP reports that, earlier this week, Hillary Clinton gave lawmakers the freedom to raise questions, but asked, “Are you on Gadhafi’s side, or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been bringing them support?”
Last month, McKinney led an independent fact-finding mission to Libya that reported, with video evidence released by independent journalist DonDebar’s WBAIX radio station, in-hospital interviews with survivors and doctors. The team of independent journalists showed that, instead of the US “supporting aspirations of the Libyan people” and “taking support to them,” the US was maiming and killing innocent Libyans and destroying their communities.
Human Rights Investigations revealed on May 30, after Clinton publicly demonized Gadhafi for cluster bombing his own people, it was the U.S. Navy that attacked over 300 innocent Libyans with cluster bombs and also took the lives of two Western reporters.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, attending high school in Torino, Italy, obtaining a history degree from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and presently a Juris Doctorate candidate at University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Coy McKinney is a strong human rights defender using independent media to help provide news in best interest of humanity.
Today, Cynthia McKinney endorsed the recent words of Coy McKinney, “The question for our generation becomes: At what point do we categorically reject war and its mechanisms from the beginning rather than in retrospect? We can do this by repudiating all war.”
Coy McKinney was highlighting the role media has played in gaining public support for war to achieve imperialism.
“The way the ‘established’ media portrayed the Libyan conflict, and its subsequent reception, illustrates our society’s failure to recognize how the power dynamics of plutocratic governance shape our realities,” he wrote in his article, “The Media Fog of War.”
“We must reject the seemingly righteous theory of humanitarian intervention because it is divorced from how social conflicts actually arise and are resolved. The idea that bombing — an indiscriminate killing method the U.S. has become notoriously inaccurate at — can improve a situation is untenable. The most recent example is Kosovo; it was the nonviolent movement that ultimately resolved the conflict.
“Moreover, what right does any country have to determine the affairs of another country? This is the same expression of moral superiority used to justify imperialism.”
“If we want to live in a world of peace, we must learn from our history and see that war is an unnatural phenomenon; we need to reject it on a philosophical and spiritual level.”
Copyright Deborah Dupré, June 2010. All Rights Reserved
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June 24, 2011 7:48 pm ET
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