Code Pink’s Support for the Enemy

ADDITION Rice US Middle East

Code Pink members became known during the Bush Administration as confrontational anti-war protestors, but the group is actually worse than that. Code Pink’s leadership has aligned with almost every tyrannical force opposing the U.S., from Chavez to Ahmadinejad to Hamas to Iraq insurgents. Code Pink is acting more like the ambassador for enemies of the free world than an advocate for peace.

Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King over at BigGovernment.com are doing an excellent job chronicling the outrageous activities of Code Pink and its leadership over the years. Most recently, Code Pink has organized a “Gaza Freedom March” to call for an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, currently controlled by Hamas. The organization boasts that they have provided humanitarian aid to the territory, and has done so under the protection of Hamas. The terrorist group often diverts such aid for its own purposes, and it should be suspected that this is no different. Hamas also builds support by providing social services, so if such aid didn’t directly go to supporting the group’s violent operations, it certainly did go to support its recruiting efforts.

Hamas is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamic organization whose goal is to wage “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” In other words, it wants to create a worldwide Islamic state. Code Pink has also teamed up with this extremist organization, placing ads on its website asking them to “join us in cleansing our country.”

Code Pink has been embraced by the Iranian government as well. Jodie Evans, one of the group’s leaders, met with Ahmadinejad in New York in September 2008, resulting in a trip to the country two months later. The group met with high-level government officials, and offered to help fund a “peace park” and environmentally-friendly businesses in Tehran. Co-founder of Code Pink Medea Benjamin praised the prices of public transportation in Iran and said she was “struck by how much more open Iran is than I had thought.”

To their credit, Code Pink did express sympathy for the protestors confronting the regime this summer, but called on the U.S. to lift sanctions and end threatening language and supported President Obama’s initial silence. In other words, Code Pink said they supported the Iranian people, but did not want do anything to support the Iranian people.

In January 2006, Evans and other colleagues including Cindy Sheehan met with Venezuela’s President Chavez. Benjamin had previously described Chavez as a “doll,” and said “George Bush—and John Kerry for that matter—could learn a thing or two from Hugo Chavez about winning the hearts and minds of the people.”

Jodie Evans’ reaction to the 9/11 attacks shows a complete ignorance of the ideological element of the terrorists, instead linking the disaster to Middle Eastern anger over U.S. foreign policy. She agreed in an interview that Bin Laden had a valid argument against the U.S., and said, “Why do we have bases in the Middle East? We totally violated the rights of that country,” referring to Saudi Arabia. Apparently, Evans is unaware that those bases were constructed with the permission of the Saudi government and are meant to protect the country from the very people she defends, like Saddam Hussein.

In 2003, Saddam hosted Evans and other Code Pink members in Iraq, aware that their anti-war activism had crossed the line into propaganda efforts on his behalf. As long as a regime redistributes wealth and is socialistic in how it governs, the country is praised by Code Pink, who seems to have little passion for promoting democracy, free markets or the human rights of oppressed citizens overseas. This type of thinking was apparent when she praised Saddam Hussein’s social services, saying “there was a good education and health care system, food for everyone. That system didn’t belong to Saddam, it belonged to the Iraqis, it belonged to year of creating what a civilization needed. If your parents didn’t send you to school, they could be put in jail.”

After Saddam’s toppling, Evans supported the insurgents fighting American soldiers, ignoring the fact that many of these were foreign jihadists affiliated with Al-Qaeda-type groups, and were former members of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guards, Fedayeen militia, and intelligence service. To Code Pink, these forces of oppression and evil were the representatives of the Iraqi people fighting for liberation. They are completely unaware that the insurgents fight not only against American forces, but target Iraqi civilians and want to overthrow Iraq’s elected democratic government.

“We must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist. I can remain myself against all forms of violence, and yet I cannot judge what someone has to do when pushed to the wall to protect all they love. The Iraqi people are fighting for their country, to protect their families and to preserve all they love. They are fighting for their lives, and we are fighting for lies,” Evans wrote on June 26, 2005.

When Coalition forces began an offensive into Fallujah when it was the primary safe harbor of the insurgents, Code Pink reacted by delivering tens of thousands of dollars in humanitarian aid to its residents. This act sounds noble on the surface, but when you consider the group’s sympathy for the insurgents, it is quite possible that this aid was given to the enemy side. Furthermore, Evans and her delegation met with Iraqi politicians connected to the extremist Iranian-backed militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, and other supporters of killing American soldiers.

Evans has even, according to her friend, Jane Fonda, met with members of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Benjamin has tried to paint them as being motivated by lack of employment.

“Everybody we talked to said that most of the Taliban are poor rural people, $10-a-day Taliban, who are doing this for economic reasons. If you want to encourage people to stop fighting, encourage them to work,” Benjamin said.

According to an account posted on the Free Republic forum, a group of counter-protestors were confronted by Evans on August 30, 2004. During the exchange, Evans reportedly said, “We have nothing against communism.” This shouldn’t be surprising considering Medea Benjamin’s ties to the Workers World Party and described her life in Cuba as feeling like she had “died and went to heaven.”

Today, Code Pink is campaigning against President Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan and against the use of drones in Pakistan. Politics seems to pull more weight than principle though, as Code Pink is against an immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan for the exact same reasons as such a move would be wrong in Iraq. President Obama can pursue a similar type of policy that Code Pink lambasted under the previous administration, but they aren’t calling for citizens’ arrests of him and his officials like they are doing for members of the Bush Administration.

Code Pink’s embracing of anti-American actors is part of a calculated strategy. Medea wrote in 2003 that members of the movement she belonged to needed to “link up with appropriate local and regional groups” overseas to “channel the bursting anti-American sentiment overseas.” Forces supporting America are left out as part of the equation.

Code Pink is not a group genuinely promoting peace and human rights. The organization links up and supports virtually any anti-American actor, ignoring their oppression of their citizens that can hardly qualify as “peace” and the threat that they pose. In choosing its friends, Code Pink’s leadership has decided that the sole standard is that they must be an enemy of the United States.

  • Robert Bernier

    Humanitarian crisis in Gaza?
    The reality is there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and there are no starving children. Aid continues to flow through the crossings. This year alone over 366,282 tons of aid and over 45.693 million liters of fuel have been delivered to the Gaza Strip. Several weeks ago, 674 truckloads (16,323 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt. In addition to food, medicine and hygiene products, games, basketballs and balloons, trampolines and swimming pools, generators, air-conditioning accessories, clothing, shoes and hats, chairs, mattresses and Styrofoam cups; and raw materials for paper production were all transported into Gaza. But does Hamas want peace? : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2009/05/h

  • http://netzero.com Steve Chavez

    Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice, A.N.S.W.E.R., Not In Our Name, and many others are a CULT, and as any person who is in a CULT, you cannot reason with them!

    These CULTS began in the 80′s and were brainwashed DIRECTLY by the Communist Party USA front: THE UNITED STATES PEACE COUNCIL! They had affiliates in every State and directly their CULT influence at universities which were filled with professors/hippies from the 60′s that protested the Vietnam War!

    Ion Pacepa, a frequent writer for FPM, wrote an extensive article that he was the front man for the WORLD PEACE COUNCIL WHICH WAS RUN BY THE SOVIET KGB! Arkady Shevchencko, the highest ranking Soviet defector ever, also stated in his book, “Breaking With Moscow,” that the World Peace Council “is a nest of KGB spies.” I personally asked him about the Peace Councils in a speech he gave in Albuquerque and he was surprised that the Council branched out to our State and down to the University of New Mexico. He said the World Peace Council “is run by the KGB!” This was not reported in the Albuquerque Journal. I called the reporter about this and he said he left before my, and others, questions but after reading the article again, he wrote about a question to Shevchenko about Jesse Jackson SO THE REPORTER LIED. I called him and confronted him and he hung up.

    THE FOLLOWERS OF THE 80′S KGB, ARE THE LEADERS OF TODAY!

  • David

    Why aren't these folks arrested for treason? I know with the racist AG we have they are exempt, but why didn't the Bush admin pursue them?

    • Tryon

      It's an American thang, David, called the Constitution. You wouldn't understand.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/cjk cjk

      Because the USA has been infiltrated with leftist European thought and doesn't follow it's constitution anymore.

    • Edip Yuksel

      Arrest? Punish?

      You are no different than Ahmadi Najad or Fascists of the past. You cannot handle expression of free speech when it exposes your hypocrisy and propaganda.

      Warmongers and jingoists, despots and fascists of the world, all share the same characteristics: They want to use force and punish dissent.

      Peace,

  • USMCSniper

    Code Pink, is not just another “anti-war” organization, it is hiding its ideology, and is run by communist associate Medea Benjamin. Code Pink has primarily chosen women to lie to, taking advantage of the genuine concern that some homemakers and grandmas have about the Iraq war and using them to add voices at local protests.

    They are not patriotic Americans who love peace and hate war. They are unpatriotic Americans who love communism and hate America. Human freedom is their enemy, and they have snared thousands of uninformed protesters into their web.

    Communism was, and continues to be, a plague on mankind. It has caused incalculable economic and ecological destruction as well as extinguishing the human spirit of tens of millions of our global neighbors, past and present.

    • Stephen D.

      Again, Snipper, well said. The simple term for these folks is what there “annointed one” Saul Alinsky referes to as “useful idots.” They will continue to be used until, well until they are useless to the cause. Their, initially, honorable desire to nurture and relieve suffering is lost and they hence become a pawn and are used accordingly. Gotta give credit where it is due. Saul said it right. They ARE Useful Idiots!

    • Tryon

      "Communism was, and continues to be, a plague on mankind…etc." Sounds like what we heard when the Yanks started backing Osama bin Laden's push against the Soviets way back when. I'll bet Al-Qaeda would know what to do with all those commie homemakers!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/cjk cjk

        One enemy at a time I guess Euro-fags have a hard time understanding that.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

      I was watching TV and flipped to a Star Trek Movie. The Captain was explaining to someone in the past about how the future worked out. He said in the 24th Century they had no money and only did things to better themselves and help humanity. Well of course I shut it off immediately. Just more Communist propaganda.

      I'm with you Sniper…no one actually cares about peace and selflessly do almost crazy things to help keep people from suffering. Anyone sick with that humanitarian spirit must certainly be a rabid communist and a hater of America. When I went to the store after that Star Trek fiasco, I took an extra second to kick the Red Cross collections guy in the balls. Anyone willing to stand out in the cold for some charity is either a communist or he's planning on taking the money for himself.

      • USMCSniper

        Production must precede distribution – an absolute of economics, bubba4.

  • Timothy L. Pennell

    CODE PINK is giving AID and COMFORT to the ENEMY? And this is NEWS because……..? Where were ya for the EIGHT YEARS of the BUSH ADMINISTRATION. CODE PINK? EVERY LEFT WING GROUP is "Support for our Enemies". They always have been. Need I remind you of VENONA? The VENONA FILES. Every PEACE MARCH, every NUCLEAR FREEZE RALLY, every ANTI-WAR PROTEST, was ORGANIZED by the KGB. Every last one of them.
    Code Pink is no different than the ACLU. No different than the two DEMOCRAT HOUSE MEMBERS who went to IRAQ, to be HUMAN SHIELDS. (George Miller and David Obey)
    CODE PINK? We have a MARXIST in the WHITE HOUSE. And he appoints COMMUNISTS, MARXISTS, MAOISTS, and ANARCHISTS to positions of POEWR, in his administration. And you're worried about a buncha OLD BAGS.
    Get your priorities straight.
    Idiots.

    • coyote3

      You are probably right. The kindest thing I can say about this administration is that they are willing to violate the law, i.e., advocate and introduce federal legislation for things the federal government does not have the constitutional authority to do. If I don't have the authority to do something, and I do it anyway, what I am doing is illegal. They don't understand, or more likely don't care, that the government, in particular the federal government is not like a person. A person, in the United States, has the freedom to do whatever they wish, as long it is not specifically prohibited by law. Some say we have too many of those prohibitions, but that is another issue. Government only exists and only exercises power through the consent of the governed. The government's sole source of power derives from those powers delegated by the constitution. Now, this administration isn't the only one that ignored these limitations, they are just the latest, and the most agregious.

  • Avery

    Subversion. Treason.
    Firing squad.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

      Isn't your listing missing "A Fair Trial"?

      Some of you "patriotic" Americans need to remember what makes America worth killing for, before you start killing people for it.

  • Mel Sherwood

    Females suffering from hormonal imbalances, borderline personality disorder, delusional thinking, and community college syndrome are ripe targets and easy pickings for the perverted pinko pimps who lure these stand-ins for bag ladies just as their brethren overseas lure attractive Eastern European girls into white slavery. If they weren't so hideous one might say they need rescuing.

    • Courtnye’

      I think Mel summed it all up, that was so funny, and I read them all!

  • BS1977

    Jodie Evans and her gang of morons …..really a bunch of hysterical clowns from Berkeley and San Francisco….always screaming and yelling…they have no idea what they represent, what anything means…..war, peace, terror, 9/11, ….totallly clueless. As long as they show hatred for Europe, the US and Israel they figure they must be on the PC trail. THey grovel before garbage like Hugo Chavez and that little punk from Iran. Code Stink is the appropriate term.

  • http://www.theird.org Faith McDonnell

    So glad you wrote about Code Pink. I knock heads with them all the time at rallies and demonstrations in DC. They are so smug and mocking. And don't you think Medea Benjamin looks like Fieval from An American Tail?

  • BS1977

    Code Stink are not useful idiots…they are useless idiots……they make a lot of noise but have nothing to offer, no real program for a better world…..just the same worn out 60s leftist agitation, whistle blowing, yelling and shouting slogans over and over…..hey hey ho ho COde Stink has gotta go Hey Hey Ho Ho Code Stink has gotta go……..

  • James E McMullen III

    This is what upsets me, to put it mildly, about our "leaders", and I mean all of them. Here we have a group of people who oppose our war on terrorism and aide and abet the policies of these enemies and nothing is done. I'm seeing the same actions out of Washington today that I saw during Vietnam. Where are the charges of treason? And you surely won't see anything like that when Code Pinks leader is rubbing elbows with the President of the United States, "Judge me by who I surround myself with" Obama/

  • BS1977

    If Medea Benjamin thought going to Cuba was like dying and going to Heaven….why didnt she stay there? No non fat decaf soy lattes, I guess.

  • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

    Palestinians suffered the same before Hamas took over, before even PLO was founded. Israel is a fascist state and its entire mission is to steal and grab Palestinian land and the world knows it. Only fanatic Zionists and a few ignorant jingoist Americans do not know or acknowledge this simple fact. But the Zionist propaganda machine has long time lost its effectiveness. The mask is falling and American people is learning the real face of Israel.

    (an excerpt from my recent book: Peacemaker's Guide to Warmongers: Exposing Robert Spencer, David Horowitz and Other Enemies of Peace…:

    Learn Creepy Facts About Israel

    Here are some accomplishments of Israel, which you might wish to absolve by blaming them for just being stupid for killing so many Palestinians and terroriz-ing the world's biggest concentration camp. You never blamed Israel for com-mitting crimes against humanity, for being a terrorist state.

    Israel is the ONLY state in the world that has been torturing its Palestinian pris-oners, LEGALLY. (Recently, they worked hard through their embedded NaZi-onist agents in American media, universities and government to export their torture practice to the USA. Thank God, they so far failed to find popular sup-port among Americans).

    •Israel is the ONLY state that kills Palestinian teenagers with the arms and 10 Billion annual financial aid it receives from the USA.
    •Israel is the ONLY state that has imprisoned several million people in concentration camps, separated by walls, towers, soldiers and fascist settlers.
    •Israel is the ONLY state that was founded by the UN and has been re-peatedly in defiance of the same UN resolutions. With the support of the hijacked USA government, it gets away with its crimes..
    •Israel is the ONLY state that which was established upon terrorism, such as Irgun and Stern Gang.
    •Israel is the ONLY state where six war criminals have been democrati-cally elected as Prime Ministers: Begin, Shamir, Natanyahu, Sharon, Barak, and Olmert.
    •Israel is the ONLY state that dominates American entertainment indus-try, media, financial institutions, and politics.
    •Israel is the ONLY state that bombs neighboring countries and gets away with it.
    •Israel is the ONLY state that has WMD in the Middle East.
    •Israel is the ONLY state that by saying PEACE it really means GRABBING more Palestinian land and killing more Palestinians.
    •Israel is the ONLY state demands pity from the world, for being the victim of Holocaust, but victimizes Palestinians.

    And much more.

    Israel is criticized by European media for not allowing them to report from Gaza, and the Israeli fascist government officials confessed the well-known fact: they want to CONTROL the news of their atrocities in Gaza concentration camp. Here is what the New York Times, “Israelis say the war is being reduced on television screens around the world to a simplistic story; American-backed country with awesome military machine fighting a third-world guerrilla force leading to a handful of Israelis dead versus 600 Gazans dead.”

    The Rapist Serial Killer who Expects our Sympathy

    Yes, this is the simple story. The complicated one is even more heinous and troubling. Israeli’s aggression, terror and genocide against Palestinians continue because of cowards, and ignorant people. Most of those who are bystanders of NaZionits’ crimes are not evil themselves. But their fear of NaZionists turns them to Devil’s little helpers.

    If you are an intelligent person and have sense of justice, you cannot stay silent while NaZionist butchers are slaughtering innocent children. They use the cry and fear of “terrorists” to justify their terror and atrocities. Terrorism is just a buzzword, created and exploited by the imperialist forces and their stooges to justify the greater terror and horror.

    NaZionists have the audacity to demand our sympathy for their crimes against humanity. It is like a rapist complaining from his victim trying scratching his face:

    “Look world, you see this is a terrorist Palestinian. She is trying to scratch my face. I am scared of her nails. So, she deserves to be raped again! Look at her teenage son; he is throwing me pebbles. They almost hit me. I am scared. After I am done with her, I will roll over his son’s body with my USA-donated truck. I am a poor victim of this terrorist family! Tell her to stop trying to scratch my face; tell him to stop throwing pebbles at me.”

    I rarely use the word, but it is the right place to use it: You are complaining of this or that country or group not recognizing you. Go to Hell! Soon the entire world will recognize your evil face and none will recognize your existence. You are a cancer for humanity. You are the enemy of Jews who are not infected with the virus called NaZionism.

  • martha

    If they think these countries whose leaders they support are so fabulous, why do'nt they do us all a favor and go live there?
    We'll somehow manage to muddle through without them……

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/ElroyJetson Guadapoopé

      Put their lives where their mouths are? Are you nuts?

  • Ariella

    In San Francisco, Code Pink staged a …wait for it….two huger huger strike in front of the Egyptian Consulate. (Duh, girls, isn't that just a late lunch?)
    Apparently an anti-terror met them there and brought LUNCH!
    Photos here:
    http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2010/01/69512.p
    http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/1

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