Cynthia McKinney to ST: Gen. Soleimani was the kind of military strategic thinker that comes only once in a generation

The US president Donald Trump is already a war criminal; it is up to U.S. soldiers to say no to committing war crimes as U.S. soldiers began to do while posted in Vietnam.

This is what former US Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney said in response to a question sent to her by e-mail on her message to Mr. Trump and US soldiers after Iran’s retaliation for the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds forces, in Iraq. 

She asserted that General Soleimani was the kind of military strategic thinker that comes only once in a generation.  “He is irreplaceable, but pressure will force the molding of another such strategic thinker.  It is up to the Iranians to find him,” The America politician and activist added.

She replied on a question about whether the US will go to war with Iran or not by saying: “The United States has been at war with Iran ever since 1979.”

Cynthia McKinney is an international peace and human rights activist, noted for her inconvenient truth-telling about the U.S. war machine. She was held for seven days in an Israeli prison after attempting to enter Gaza by sea and traveled to Libya during U.S. bombing and witnessed the crimes against humanity committed against that country's people. In addition to Libya, she has traveled to Cuba, Syria, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and as she puts it: “Wherever U.S. Bombs are dropping or U.S. sanctions are biting.” She is the author or editor of three Clarity Press books: she has written one book Ain't Nothing Like Freedom and edited The Illegal War On Libya and the 2018 book, How the U.S. Creates Sh*thole Countries.

In 1992, McKinney won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the U.S. Congress. She was the first Member of Congress to demand an investigation of the events of 9/11/2001. McKinney was criticized and as a result, she was defeated in 2002; however, she ran again and was re-elected in 2004.

In December 2008, Cynthia made international headlines when her boat was rammed by the Israeli military as she was attempting to deliver medical supplies to Gaza. In 2009, Cynthia attempted to reach Gaza again, this time armed with crayons, coloring books, and school supplies. Her boat was overtaken in international waters by the Israeli military and she was kidnapped to Israel where she spent 7 days in an Ramleh Prison. Finally, Cynthia entered Gaza by land in July 2009 with George Galloway's Viva Palestina USA.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour