January 1, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Cynthia McKinney the ex-Congresswoman from Atlanta's 4th District, has just been paid a fleeting visit by reality and it doesn't seem like it was all that pleasant an experience.
Working with the pro-Hamas "Free Gaza Movement," [see, Free Gaza Protesters Given Medals By Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh] McKinney was a passenger on the group's ship, the "Dignity," which was attempting to provocatively run the naval blockade of Gaza a few days ago when the vessel was rammed repeatedly by an Israeli warship, which sent it packing and damaged back to a port in Lebanon, where it was met by cheering throngs.
About the incident Ms. McKinney said, "Israeli patrol boats...tracked us for about 30 minutes...and then all of a sudden they rammed us approximately three times, twice in the front and once in the side...the Israelis indicated that [they felt] we were involved in terrorist activities." http://www.freegaza.org/index.php?module=latest_news&id=06ec9655d88714c7ffaf8b1534783da3
Being that a shooting war is going on, that the IDF might have an interest in stopping the Free Gaza vessel from delivering material aid to the terrorist Hamas would constitute a surprise for Ms. McKinney bears a bit of examination.
First, in McKinney's defense her shaky grasp on reality has been on display since her first run for office. Since that time she has taken positions extreme even by leftist Democrat standards, including her belief in Bush derangement syndrome evidenced, 9/11 conspiracy theories, to which few in her party will publicly admit.
That said Ms. McKinney is part of a not inconsequential group of people whom might be termed terrorism deniers. These folks can be likened to those who are color-blind; when confronted by violent acts being perpetrated by organizations and individuals which share certain telltale characteristics, one of which happens to be their religion, those afflicted will see only individual acts of mayhem, stripped of all identifiers or anything that might provide meaning.
A significant part of the press manifests these same symptoms, it remains unclear though to what degree those outward manifestations are also inner driven by the pathological psychology of Ms. McKinney - the number might be more than one might comfortably want to entertain.
In sum, these factors offer a working hypothesis as to why Ms. McKinney would intentionally head into a war zone and not expect that Israel might object to her taking the side of Hamas in such a public manner.
Though she is clearly a minority within a minority, the statistical universe from which she emanates is not that correspondingly small. Far too many in the West have fallen into similar troubling patterns of thought, making them nominally observant but nonetheless blind to unpleasant realities.
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