Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been returned to their families after spending 5 months in a North Korean prison. Thank God!
Has anybody heard about the return of Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, who sits in an Israeli prison? She and other humanitarians were seeking to deliver goods to the Palestinians during the most recent Gaza conflict where 683 Palestinians were killed and some 3085 injured.
Here is a press release issued by McKinney:
We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us, dismantled our navigation equipment, boarded and confiscated the ship."Perhaps President Clinton should be dispatched to Israel.
Immigration officials in Israel said they did not want to keep us, but we remain imprisoned.
State Department and White House officials have not effected our release or taken a strong public stance to condemn the illegal actions of the Israeli Navy of enforcing a blockade of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians of Gaza, a blockade that has been condemned by President Obama.
Here is McKinney on CNN after the incident. I think it might be clear why she still sits in prison. But should she remain in an Israeli prision because of her ideas?
If we sanction such, how will we ever grow as a nation? How will we ever grow as a community of nation states?