medea … get well soon!
Why I Didn’t Make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day
If the Egyptian officials were so brutal to me – a petite, 61-year-old American woman who has dedicated her life to peace – what are they doing to their own citizens and others languishing in their prisons? And why is Secretary Kerry considering a resumption of US military aid to this brutal regime?
That’s the question. Medea then – purposefully or not – provides the answer to her own question …
According to a recent Amnesty International report, the current human rights situation is characterized by repeated excessive use of force by the security forces, leading to the death of hundreds of protesters; increasingly severe restrictions on freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and freedom of expression, as well as academic freedoms; the arbitrary imprisonment of protest leaders, university students, journalists and others; and a failure to protect vulnerable groups, including minorities and women.
… in other words, the Egyptian generals are ‘performing’ right up to spec … they’re earning their three thousand million dollars per annum.
Did Israel put the pressure on Egypt to do a last-minute about-face to keep us out of Gaza? In the end, only 17 of our members made it into Cairo (but not to Gaza) and the rest were deported from the airport.
To this one Medea’s answer is …
The question of Israeli influence is one we’ll probably never have answered …
… and that’s probably true. But I think that Obama – who, along with John Brennan and the drones, apparently really enjoys killing innocent people – was probably very happy to order Medea’s mini-rendition … for having been such a thorn in his side … or it may well have been Obama’s boss, Brennan himself who personally ordered Medea’s abuse.
According to these two sociopaths the CIA murdering children, murdering their mothers, murdering other innocents is … perhaps … regrettable, but a bearable … by someone else … cost of ‘doing business’. They’ve been doing it non-stop for five years.
What’s unbearable is their being criticized in public – having their own noses rubbed in their own dirt, their own vile crimes, their own murders, their own assassinations.
And they’re sloughing of all restraint at this point, in the midst of their coup d’etat.
The other seventeen weren’t roughed up … only Medea.
I got on codepink’s mailing list somehow and so was notified of the mini-rendition of Medea Benjamin by Obama-Brennan-the-State-Department in Egypt.
I wrote back asking if she was ok, after I’d read the ‘they broke my arm!’ twit.
Codepink suggested I send a picture with ‘Medea … get well soon!’ and I’m happy to be able to do that!, but …
Please send the photo, if you take one, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think their choice of free email accounts is as wrong as it can possibly be. So the picture is here, instead … Get well soon, Medea!
Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, Alli, Cayman, Janet, Jodie, Kate, Katie, Lisa, Nancy K, Nancy M, Sara, Sergei, and Tighe and all the rest at codepink are great. I wish I were able to do what they do. I hope they continue.
Medea Benjamin writes to the same codepink list …
Sign this petition to Egypt Desk at the State Department, then call them (202-647-4680). Demand to know why they did not assist a peaceful US citizen who was being abused by the Egyptian authorities, and let them know you want an immediate end to US military aid to Egypt.
… the petition goes through a third-party outfit called salsalabs.com. I’ll be communicating with the Whitehouse and State directly. FYI …
email@example.com routes to a gmail address, just so you know.
… I think that’s a mistake. I think gmail.com is the problem, not the solution. I don’t think activist organizations should operate through third-party organizations which undoubtedly harvest not only the email addresses but any and all other personal information they can about those with whom they correspond. I think that’s a no-brainer. I ought to know … I have no brains.
I support codepink 100%. I hope they lose their brains soon, too.
Is it me, without brains as I am, or do you think that Obama-Brennan-the-State-Department actually set up Medea’s rendition?
I mean … I’m an Egyptian General, stooge of the USA which keeps my bank account topped up nicely, thank you sir! … do I grab a citizen of the USA … break her goddam arm … without clearing it with my meal-ticket first? Why would I even think of doing so … ?!
Unless it wasn’t my idea at all … unless the phone rang from mealticket central and the order came through … then you can bet your ass I’ll click my highheels like a good uniformed whore … salute smartly! … yessir! right away Sir!
In fact it’s harder and harder to tell where mealticket central for the Egyptian whores in uniform actually is these days … well the bank’s in the USSA, of course, but the decisions might be being made in Tel Aviv … that’s how it’s been working for quite sometime, as a matter of fact … could Medea Benjamin’s mini-rendition have been engineered by Netanyahu-Obama-Brennan-the-State-Department?
What a coincidence that all this should happen right after codepink’s outstanding spoof of AIPAC Policy Conference 2014 – Boycott AIPAC?
But, of course, I got no brains.
This just in US House passes bill to expand military ties with Israel
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which names Israel a “major strategic partner” of the US and seeks to expand Washington’s military ties with Tel Aviv. [H.R. 938: United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014]
The legislation, which was passed by a 410 to 1 vote, calls for expanding the delivery of US arms and military technologies to Israel and commits US Congress to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.
Israel already receives billions of dollars of American taxpayers’ money each year. Under an existing 10-year aid agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv signed in 2007, $30 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel.
The US annual military aid to Israel has been elevated from $2.4 billion to $3.1 billion through 2017 under the existing agreement.
Meanwhile, US and Israeli officials have discussed a surge in US military aid to Israel in a new aid package that would extend through 2027.
The recent bill which was passed by the House on Wednesday will now move to the US Senate, where similar legislation is already being prepared.
The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in the US, was quick to praise House lawmakers’ move, saying “the House once again reaffirmed its commitment to an unbreakable US-Israel relationship.”
410 to 1. Traitors all. Can you see now why I say we must replace them all? every single one of them?
The single nay vote ? Thomas Massie, 4th CD Kentucky