What do you call an anti-Semite, anti-American radical with a penchant for deranged behavior? These days you call her Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman, failed Green party presidential candidate and certifiable basket case.
The erstwhile McKinney is off her meds again. She was aboard the SS Dignity when it tried to run the Israeli blockade to deliver supplies to HAMAS.
McKinney was one of 16 people on board U.S.-based Free Gaza Movement’s SS Dignity which tried and failed to deliver 3.5 tons of what has been claimed to medical supplies to the terrorist organization HAMAS in the Gaza Strip.
Depending on which account you choose to believe – both sides have plenty of reason to lie – the Dignity either collided with an Israeli patrol boat in a misguided attempt to evade the blockade or was rammed by the Israeli patrol after failing to heed warning volleys fired near it in an attempt to turn the Dignity back.
The Dignity, bruised and battered, later made safe harbor in Tyre, Lebanon’s southern-most seaport. There were no reported injuries among her crew, though it’s expected that McKinney was raving incoherently about the Jews – that’s spelled J-E-W-S – by the end of the voyage.
Cynthia McKinney is grandstanding madwoman who is a danger to all those near her. Her particular form of wild-eyed behavior and racism fatally poisons every cause she touches.
Taking McKinney’s unfortunate involvement in important international affairs out of the equation, there are some serious questions about this incident that need to be answered.
Where exactly was the SS Dignity when it was actively engaged by the Israeli navy? Was it in international waters as the Free Gaza people claim, or had it actually reached the blockade line before any deterrence was attempted by the Israelis?
What organization within the Gaza strip were the intended recipients of the Dignity’s cargo? This makes a huge difference. HAMAS is an internationally condemned terrorist organization and an avowed enemy of the US. Lending them any form of “aid and comfort” is both a violation of the Hague Convention and of US law.
On the other hand, the Red Crescent, the Islamic variant of the Red Cross, is an internationally recognized relief agency that is explicitly protected under international law. If the supplies and personnel were on consignment to the Red Crescent, Israel is in direct violation of the Geneva Convention and other international agreements regarding medical aid in war zones.
It would be good to have these questions answered. Sadly, this grandstanding stunt is going to draw all the wrong sort attention to the matter – especially with a deranged radical like Cynthia McKinney involved in it.