I say crazy with the upmost respect because she risked her life trying to deliver medical supplies to Gaza earlier today. The boat she was on was surrounded by Israeli warships, fired at and rammed numerous times to render it inoperable. Now I’ll argue the gov’t has the right to take an appropriate military stance, but the boat was in international waters and did not initiate or return any aggression. Doesn’t that make what they did illegal?
When citizens are in need and foreign policy makers want to posture on the issues, it is the weak and unaccounted for that are left vulnerable. Most people will not leave the comfort of their bed so whether some agree with her actions or not I applaud anyone’s sincere efforts at relieving someone’s pain. Bush is on vacay until he officially gets the boot and Obama is quick to point out that he’s not the President yet so who’s going to step up in the interim?
The boat sailed from Cyprus (the land of the spectacularly yummy Holoumi cheese) but never made it to Gaza. They had to disembark in Lebanon where they may try again. Her parents gave a brief telephone interview that has appeared in the Washington Times:
“She told me that they were in international waters in the Mediterranean and that an Israeli warship started chasing them and rammed them three times,” Mr. McKinney said in a telephone interview from his home.“I was very worried yesterday, but I feel better today” because he spoke with his daughter, he said. “She said she’s safe. She only wanted me to know, and her mother to know, that she was safe. I feel a whole lot better now. “If I know my daughter, she’s going to complete that mission,” he replied. “She’s a very determined woman.”
I’m certain McKinney is considered more of a pest to those whose interests lie opposite hers. Otherwise she’d have suffered a fate similar to the guy who’s plane crashed last week when he was preparing to testify against the Bush administration.
Update with CNN Interview: