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Reply #172: I do like Cynthia McKinney for many things, but I do have questions at times on this subject... [View All]

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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 12:41 PM
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172. I do like Cynthia McKinney for many things, but I do have questions at times on this subject...

If you look at this past post of mine:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

and read the article it refers to (but whose links have changed since that thread was published):

http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=node/10535

I think perhaps it might be too much to conclude she's anti-semitic from this post, but it does show at least some degree of lack of judgement or lack of understanding of what the real issues around AIPAC are at times.

She talks about Sibel Edmonds' concerns of AIPAC and nowhere does she mention in this speech the ATC (American Turkish Council), which Sibel has equal concerns about as she does with AIPAC, and Sibel insightfully has pointed out that there are many from our military industrial complex (like Brent Scowcroft) who have leadership positions in both of these PACs and that likely a big motivation for the concerns that Sibel had weren't anything to do with religion, but more to do with our military industrial complex and certain elements in both fo these governments to perpetuate the military aid gravy train that is directed to these countries.

She does a disservice to us (and opens herself up to attacks) by mischaracterizing an issue like this as a religious issue, where the real issues aren't there but elsewhere. Now whether that's due to her not really understanding these issues the way folks like Sibel does, or whether she's trying to manipulate this story to serving some ways of framing AIPAC as an anti-muslim organization, which MIGHT be due to some anti-semitic feelings on her part its hard to tell. But either way, I have a problem with it. A person of her stature should be able to present to us the true meaning of the Sibel Edmonds' scandals and not try to tweak it in different ways.

I am by no means an apologist for AIPAC and have attacked them many times. But I think it is an oversimplification to just characterize that organization as being anti-Muslim, when I think there are many other just as bad agendas they have that have nothing to do with attitudes about religion, etc.
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