Are Cynthia McKinney and Jello Biafra, so-called ‘leading lights of the US Green Party,’ lending support to Middle Eastern tyranny?
July 17, 2011 in Peace & Non-Violence
The following is an excerpt from an interesting post on New Jewish Resistance, via a complementary post on California Greening, which calls for the Greens not to nominate anyone in 2012 who “align with the likes of Ahmadinejad, Qadaffi or Asad.”
Two leading lights of the US Green Party, Jello Biafra and Cynthia McKinney, have betrayed the party’s platform and values by loaning support to Israel and Qaddafi, respectively. If the Green Party wishes to maintain any legitimacy, it must quickly repudiate them…
Yet, somehow, Jello has seen fit to buck the boycott of Israel by playing a gig in Tel Aviv on July 2. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has issued a statement to the lapsed punk pioneer, “Appeal to Jello Biafra: Do not cross our picket line.” But Jello apparently intends to do so, condescendingly offering to “debate” the issue with his critics. In an open letter of his own to the critics, he wrote that “both the Israeli Left and the Palestinian Left are divided right down the middle as to whether this kind of a boycott is a good idea at all.” As if we should give equal weight to the “left” wing of an occupied people and an occupying power.
Equally problematic is Cynthia McKinney, who was the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2008. Embarrassingly, since the NATO bombing campaign she has been openly shilling for blood-drenched dictator Moammar Qaddafi. Last month, McKinney spoke on Libyan state TV—in what appeared to be a live interview in Tripoli—to blast the NATO bombing, saying the “last thing we need to do is spend money on death, destruction and war.” Such pacifistic sentiments might have some legitimacy—if McKinney were not speaking over a propaganda organ of the Qaddafi regime, or if she at least offered some recognition that Qaddafi is also guilty of perpetrating “death, destruction and war…”
The Green Party must forthrightly repudiate Jello Biafra and Cynthia McKinney until they halt their depraved conniving with oppressive regimes.
The rest of the post is certainly worth reading, with links to things like an open letter from a group of Palestinians to McKinney asking her to stop supporting Qadaffi and McKinney’s own commentary linked on the front page of the Green Party’s website.