Constituents aboard Audacity of Hope challenge Sen. Mark Kirk’s call for US to ‘disable flotilla vessels’

Several weeks ago, Mark Kirk, the Republican senator from Illinois who inherited Barack Obama’s seat with the help of wads of pro-Israel cash, called for the American government to supply special ops forces and “naval support” to Israel to help stop the flotilla. In a report titled “The Future of Israel’s Security and the U.S.-Israel Relationship” that Kirk drafted this past June after a junket, er, trip to Israel with the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, the senator urged the US to

… make available all necessary special operations and naval support to the Israeli Navy to effectively disable flotilla vessels before they can pose a threat to Israeli coastal security or put Israeli lives at risk

This is a stunning comment, not only because it blithely puts US lives at risk to protect Israeli ones, but because it bluntly advocates that the US break international and maritime law by knowingly endangering civilians and assaulting foreign flagged boats in international waters.

Well now, Max Suchan, Kathy Kelly, and Robert Naiman –three flotilla participants who also have the good fortune of being Senator Kirk’s constituents –
have written an open letter to the senator asking him to reconsider his call for the US to join in the violence.


Senator Kirk, we are your constituents. It’s not too late for you to acknowledge that your earlier call for military action against us jeopardizes our safety and to reverse your claim which insinuates that we are dangerous people. We write with utmost respect for our collective responsibility to secure a better world, breaking the irrational cycle of military aggression and upholding basic human rights of all people.

The full, eloquent letter can be found here.

So far, there’s no sign that the senator has reconsidered.

And yes, Mark Kirk did once state publicly, “I’m OK with discrimination against young Arab males from terrorist-producing states. I’m OK with that.”

About Lizzy Ratner

Lizzy Ratner is a journalist in New York City. She is a co-editor with Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss of The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict.
Posted in Israel/Palestine

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  1. lysias says:

    Maybe it’s already happened. The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer U.S.S. Ramage was in the waters off Athens the morning after the damage to the first of the sabotaged ships, the Juliano, was discovered in Piraeus harbor. On Board the USS RAMAGE: Dr. Jill Biden Visits with Sailors in Greece.

    I wonder if it carries any SEALs on board.

  2. Les says:

    International terrorism OK with the US.

  3. MHughes976 says:

    The Independent today carries a very interesting, rather deeply terrifying obituary of Dr. Orlando Bosch Avila, the anti-Castro terrorist.

    • lysias says:

      Financial Times today carries a front-page photo of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez conferring.

      Talk about getting the last laugh.

  4. Citizen says:

    All the Republican candidates (except Ron Paul) and those about to run, are gearing up and starting to implement their arch competitive “We love Israel more than you” campaigns, including more loudly telling Obama to use all legal means to stop the Free Gaza flotilla–here’s the latest example from the Zionist horse’s more staid egg-head mouth: link to commentarymagazine.com

  5. Kathleen says:

    Growing wedge issue. Keep pushing. Keep calling, emailing, visiting your Reps. Send them information from If americans Knew and the BDS movement. Hammer them

  6. RE: “Mark Kirk, the Republican senator from Illinois who inherited Barack Obama’s seat with the help of wads of pro-Israel cash” – Ratner

    MY COMMENT: Senator Mark Kirk is a “kept man”!

    SEE: Mark Kirk Is AIPAC’s Million Dollar Baby, by M.J. Rosenberg, 02/03/10

    (excert)…Mark Kirk, the House member from Chicago who is now the GOP Senate nominee, is the #1 recipient of pro-Israel PAC money in the entire House. In fact, of the top 10 recipients from both Houses, he is the only House member.
    Why do the PACs love him?
    It is because Kirk is a pure Israel-firster. For Kirk, Israel can do no wrong. Add to that that he sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations where he brings home the bacon for Israel big time. Its wish is his command.
    I would not categorize him as pro-Israel because that would require supporting an end to the deadly status quo. Mark Kirk is just pro-AIPAC and shaking the trees for all the campaign money he can get by his hate rhetoric about Arabs…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to huffingtonpost.com

    P.S. Kept manlink to en.wikipedia.org