Are Cynthia McKinney and Jello Biafra, so-called ‘leading lights of the US Green Party,’ lending support to Middle Eastern tyranny?

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.

  1. Ben Schattenburg says:

    I am glad to see that I am not alone in thinking that supporting a dictator is a bad idea.

  2. David says:

    You do realize, don’t you, that Cynthia McKinney has an excellent record of supporting human rights, particularly those of Palestinians. This may be why a Zionist organization hates her so much. Cynthia was onboard one of the Gaza flotillas and I think has earned more than a little respect. Of course, not among groups which believe in a One (Jewish) State solution.

  3. Ron says:

    First, I thought Jello Biafra canceled his show in Israel.

    Second, last year Cynthia McKinney spent over a week in an Israeli prison after her Free Gaza ship laden with supplies for Gaza was illegally intercepted by the Israeli Navy and all persons aboard taken captive, including our former Congresswoman and former Presidential candidate.

    Just adding some perspective.

  4. Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine CANCELLED their planned show in Tel Aviv. Jello went to Israel & Palestine anyway and went all over, from Tel Aviv to Hebron and beyond. He is preparing a written statement about what he saw and what the people he met with shared with him.

    Meanwhile, you can read the band’s cancellation notice here:
    http://www.alternativetentacles.com/news.php?news_section=JELLO

    (scroll down to the June 30, 2011 entry)

    PLEASE update your headline to reflect this.

    Thank you for providing this website and its comment section.
    Yours,
    Jesse Townley
    General Manager, Alternative Tentacles Records
    Delegate to the US Green Party (California)

  5. Lou says:

    Neither Cynthia nor Jello support dictators and I’m not sure I’d call Jello Biafra a ‘leading light of the Green Party’. Hey, at least it’s media coverage/

  6. Jim says:

    Since when does opposition to the war in Libya equal support for Qadaffi? I’m tired of all these phony liberals who buy into the right-wing hawk mentality that war is the only way to solve a problem. Haven’t we fought enough wars for you lately? blown enough trillions of dollars? and killed enough hundred thousand souls?

  7. Ben Schattenburg says:

    Its not that her opposition to the war in Libya equals support for Gadhafi as much as her support for Gadhafi equals support for Gadhafi.
    http://redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/cynthia-mckinney-ghaddafi-a-hero-for-african-rights-and-liberation/

    It’s fairly long and rambling but if you scroll down to the bottom you will see she ends the article by writing “Long live Muammar Al-Qathafi”

  8. Lou Novak says:

    Not to put too fine a point on it Ben, but the closing of the article is a quote: ” The Hugo Chavez Foundation communiqué concludes: Long live Muammar Al-Qathafi! Long live the African Union! Long live Pan-Africanism! Solidarity with Blacks everywhere!”

    I’m wondering how the article you cite Ben, may have influenced the Libyan government in allowing her and others to visit Libya on a fact-finding mission. On that visit she appeared on Libyan TV, another action for which Cynthia is being criticized.

    She is currently touring the country reporting on her visit and I’m looking forward to seeing her when she comes to Detroit.

    http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/2011/07/detroit-rally-to-us-nato-war-on-libya.html?spref=fb

  9. Ben Schattenburg says:

    I am really bummed out about Cynthia McKinney. The Green Party gets its first chance to have someone in its leadership who has had both electoral success and experience in federal office and she turns out to be a total nut. I’d me curious to get an explanation from her why she thinks Gadhafi is even remotely a praise worthy guy but as far as I am concerned she is poison to the Green Party. We really need to find a smart, charismatic and pragmatic progressive who also has his/her two feet on the ground to lead this party and move on from McKinney.

  10. Deadbeat says:

    Let’s get this out of the way first: Qaddafi is NOT a dictator and in fact has been OUT OF POWER since 1977. The real issue is why the Left has not educated citizens about Libya and maintain this “big lie”. I think the real reason is that Libya practice a form of democracy that actually works and that the Left deliberately for its own reason perfers to keep westerners ignorant.

    Ms. McKinney as a member of the African American community and the African diaspora has maintain close ties to Libya as Qaddafi has supported libertion movement throughout Africa. Thus Libya deserves our support. There is much to LEARN from Libya and from the intellectualism of Qaddafi whose Green Book lays the basis for democratic governance and provides an excellent critique of the failings of parlimentary governance.

    The rather than continue to wallow in ignorance, Ms. McKinney is helping us learn about Libya and Africa in more ways than the Left who has kept many of us in a state of ignorance.

  11. Deadbeat says:

    Mr. Schattenburg writes …

    I am really bummed out about Cynthia McKinney. The Green Party gets its first chance to have someone in its leadership who has had both electoral success and experience in federal office and she turns out to be a total nut. I’d me curious to get an explanation from her why she thinks Gadhafi is even remotely a praise worthy guy but as far as I am concerned she is poison to the Green Party. We really need to find a smart, charismatic and pragmatic progressive who also has his/her two feet on the ground to lead this party and move on from McKinney.

    Mr. Schattenburg repeat the ignorance that has been culminated by the Left’s failure to engage and understand Libyan governance these past 40 years. This may be a result of Cold War mentality that was previlent priort to 1989 or the Zionist domination of the media and the Left. Regardless it is now time for people to engage in the TRUTH. The TRUTH is that Qaddafi does not run Libya and that Libya has a form of PARTICIPATORY governance that goes beyond the “representative” form that dominates the western governments.

    The Libyan form of government is described in the Green Book and I would advise folks to read the book and decide for yourself. However to level name calling is infintile and does nothing to help teach people and lift the veil of ignornace that has afflicted the West regarding Libya.

  12. kwibono says:

    I’m with Deadbeat. I first met Cynthia and heard her speak at Jefferson Square in SF, at the anti-Iraq war march that was supposed to be up Market St but the United for Peace & Justice types pulled out because Palestinians were participating. I was totally impressed by her that day and my confidence in her intelligence and good judgment has only increased since.
    She’s only made one consequential mistake that I know of, which was trusting that Barbara Lee of TX who conned Cynthia into apologizing when it was her who was assaulted by that racist cop.

    I read all these “leftists” regurgitating the Fox News line that “Gaddafi is drenched in blood, but they never provide any facts that stand up to scrutiny.

  13. Ben Schattenburg says:

    I think the fact that Gaddafi is a dictator is pushed not so much by Fox News but my literally everyone except a small group of people on the left. Frankly anyone who sincerely thinks that Gaddafi’s is not that bad or is simply being slandered by NATO needs to have their head examined. You can’t count on your fingers and toes all the sinister, despotic things he has done during the 40+ years he has been in power. To name just a few, he has invaded his neighbors, stored away vast amounts of personal wealth in offshore accounts, supported international terrorism, supported other dictators like Idi Amin and Charles Taylor, unsuccessfully tried to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons, suppressed free reporting and has silenced and repressed his own people while jailing and executing dissidence. If you actually hear the stories of people who escaped Libya it is amply apparent that Gaddafi is a monster.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca3oMhYoQ2M
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/02/25/134059518/the-friday-podcast-the-difference-between-egypt-and-libya

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