By Dave Gahary
In June, former Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) conducted a fact-finding mission in Libya. While attending a conference in the sovereign North African nation, she discovered that the mainstream media had concocted bald-faced lies about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) activities during the illegal opening of hostilities.
During an exclusive interview with AMERICAN FREE PRESS on July 26, Ms. McKinney received an electronic message from a Russian colleague saying that NATO air strikes had targeted Libya’s Great Manmade River Project (GMRP). This water source is the world’s largest irrigation system—described as the eighth wonder of the world by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi—and delivers over 1.7 billion gallons of fresh water daily to about 70% of the country’s citizens.
Ms. McKinney’s colleague also claimed that a pipe manufacturing plant that services the GMRP was also destroyed. This deliberate act of sabotage makes it clear that Barack Hussein Obama and NATO aren’t engaging in this “non-war” for humanitarian purposes.
“I was there before the bombing, and I was there after the bombing,” said Ms. McKinney, “and I have to tell you that it’s a shame that we’re literally destroying a country. But it wouldn’t be the first time, because we destroyed Iraq. Before the bombing started, Libya was Africa’s most developed country. Now it will qualify as Africa’s most bombed country.
“The division and hatred that has been sown by NATO activities,” continued Ms. McKinney, “now pit Libyan against Libyan. The very foundation of U.S.- NATO activities is a lie.”
While in Libya, Ms. McKinney visited the university in the nation’s capital, which had been targeted in NATO bombings as well as other buildings housing civilians. The destruction wrought by U.S. and European forces is reminiscent of the 2003 aggressive war against Iraq.
“It’s clear that the American people have been deceived, just like the other times that our leaders lied to us about the war against the people of Iraq,” Ms. McKinney continued. “Our hard-earned tax dollars are being squandered by this leadership. They simply don’t have the guts to say ‘no’ to the military-industrial-financial-media complex.”
Ms. McKinney has begun a research project that aims to identify the names and faces behind the push for involving the United States in foreign wars.
“I would certainly be willing to discuss with someone who wants to do this research and then help make it public,” explained Ms. McKinney, “because we need to know who really is pulling the strings that make our country go to war when the American people don’t want war.”
“We must know who the winners are,” said Ms. McKinney. “We know who the losers are; the losers are us.”
Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s “Underground Interview” series.