Ex-U.S. Marine Ken O'Keefe (above) after being held by the "humane" Israelis. The Zionist thugs in Israel are wallowing in their emulation of the Nazi Gestapo and Waffen SS. Shame on the Jewish Caucus in Congress and the other members held hostage by AIPAC who support the murderous Israeli regime - Wayne Madsen.
Ken O'Keefe gives the sign that he is hanging tough despite all the Israelis have hit him with - Mac McKinney.
The paranoid Right-wing Israeli state, growing increasingly more desperate to reframe their wanton assault on the Freedom Flotilla as yet another battle against evil al Qaeda, evil Hamas and anyone else they can think to mention to trigger Pavlovian reactions in the world, have sunk to a new low, as noted in this new Al Jazeera article, Israel, "Terrorists" on convoy. They are tarnishing five activists as terrorists, including Ken O'Keefe, American ex-Marine, which has got me really riled up since I was in the Marine Reserves (1975-78) before joining the Navy. There is a saying in the Marine Corps, Semper Fi, short for Semper Fidelis, meaning "Always Faithful". This means, among other things, protecting even a fellow ex-Marine from harm's way when it is within your power.
So it is incumbent that Ken has a format to speak for himself and tell his side of the story before some Likud-worshipping Congressman tries to have him arrested as a terrorist, especially after the sleazy IDF has already egregiously abused him, and by good coincidence, Wayne Madsen posted a letter from Ken just today, Sunday, June 6, that also is making its way around the Internet. So seeing this first brought Ken to my attention, and now it is time for all of you to read what he has to say too with his J'accuse response to Israel's actions against the Mavi Marmara and its passengers and crew - Mac McKinney, OpEdNews editor
Following is Wayne Madsen's post of the Ken O'Keefe statement circulating on the Internet. Madsen has given OpEdNews the right to post his articles.
June 7-8, 2010 -- An American eyewitness to the bloodiness and fascism of Israel
Sent to WMR from Istanbul via a subscriber in Hawaii:
Defenders of the Mavi Marmara & So Much More
Ken O'Keefe from Istanbul
I have for many years understood that we, people of conscience, are the true holders of power in this world. Frustratingly however we have largely relinquished that power and failed to reach our full potential. Our potential to create a better world, a just world. Nonetheless I have conspired with others of like mind to reveal and exercise our true power. In 2002 I initiated the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq because I knew that the invasion of Iraq had been planned well in advance, that it was part of a "Global Spectrum Dominance' agenda as laid out by the Project For A New American Century. I knew that protests had no chance of stopping the invasion, and that largely these protests were just a way of making us feel better about the coming mass murder; by being able to say I protested against it. With that understanding I argued that the only viable way to stop the invasion was to conduct a mass migration to Iraq. A migration in which people from around the world, especially western citizens, would position themselves at sites in Iraq that are supposed to be protected by international law, but which are routinely bombed when it is only Iraqi, Palestinian, generally non-white, western lives who will be killed. I felt 10,000 such people could stop the invasion, or at the very least, expose the invasion for what it was from the start, an act of international aggression, a war crime and a crime against humanity.
When our two double-decker buses traveled from London to Baghdad through Turkey, it was ever clear that the people of Turkey also could sense the power of this act, and they were the biggest participants in it. In the end we did not get the numbers required to stop the war, with at least one million Iraqi's dead as a result, but I remain convinced that it was within our power to prevent the invasion. A massive opportunity lost as far as I am concerned.
In 2007 I joined the Free Gaza Movement with its plan to challenge the blockade of Gaza by traveling to Gaza by sea. From the moment I heard of the plan I knew it could succeed and ultimately I served as a captain on the first attempt. The Israeli government said throughout our preparation that we were no better than pirates and they would treat us as such. They made clear we would not reach Gaza. And still I knew we could succeed. And we did. Two boats with 46 passengers from various countries managed to sail into Gaza on August 23, 2010; this was the first time this had been done in 41 years. The truth is the blockade of Gaza is far more than three years old, and yet we, a small group of conscientious people defied the Israeli machine and celebrated with tens of thousands of Gazans when we arrived that day. We proved that it could be done. We proved that an intelligent plan, with skilled manipulation of the media, could render the full might of the Israeli Navy useless. And I knew then that this was only the tip of the iceberg.
So participating in the Freedom Flotilla is like a family reunion to me. It is my long lost family whose conscience is their guide, who have shed the fear, who act with humanity. But I was especially proud to join IHH and the Turkish elements of the flotilla. I deeply admire the strength and character of the Turkish people, despite your history having stains of injustice, like every nation, you are today from citizen to Prime Minister among the leaders in the cause of humanity and justice.
I remember being asked during the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq if I was a pacifist, I responded with a quote from Gandhi by saying I am not a passive anything. To the contrary I believe in action, and I also believe in self-defense, 100%, without reservation. I would be incapable of standing by while a tyrant murders my family, and the attack on the Mavi Marmara was like an attack on my Palestinian family. I am proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with those who refused to let a rogue Israeli military exert their will without a fight. And yes, we fought.
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