Just got back from the training session, and let’s just say I am in my normal mood. Therefore, this post is dedicated to Andrei.
I present you, George Galloway, hero to the people:
MP George Galloway has defended comments referring to insurgents in Iraq as “martyrs”, saying he has not put British troops at risk.
During a tour of the Middle East, Mr Galloway spoke of “poor Iraqis” using the most basic weapons to write the names of their towns “in the stars”.
The Respect MP accused the UK and America of “raping” Baghdad and said the US was losing the war.
Labour MP Eric Joyce said the comments endangered UK troops “in a small way”.
But he said Mr Galloway held little influence.
The former Labour renegade said the only people putting troops at risk were in Mr Blair’s government.
“I said countries occupied by UK and US troops are being raped by them. Jerusalem and Baghdad are in the hands of foreigners who are doing their will.
“The people stirring up hatred for our troops are those who put them in Iraq, not the likes of us who want to bring them home to their families.
“The people who put our troops at risk are the people who put them abroad.”
George Galloway, lying, putrid, sack-o-shit. Take it away, Goldstein.
For you, Georgie-boy:
Watch the video and tell me what you think.
I hate this man, and Daniel Davies is right:
If someone wants to express the vilest of views, they ought to be entitled to do so in the same public fora as the rest of us. But always with the caveat that you’re not allowed to directly incite violent or socially destructive behaviour. You can preach from the pulpit or publish in your newspaper that group X are the spawn of Satan and that God abominates their presence. But when you start wheeling out the metaphors and stirring up the crowd, then you’ve crossed a line my friend; the line between trying to convince people by argument and trying to force them into your view of the world by things that are not arguments. Galloway isn’t speaking truth to power on Al-Jazeera like he was in the House of Representatives; he’s speaking untruths to the powerless. And if you’re doing that, you mind your language or you start undercutting the basis of your right to free speech. This is hardly a first offence too, but it’s the most egregious one I’ve seen (the “wolves” comment that got him chucked out the Labour Party was of a piece, but less obviously likely to stir up terrorist violence). This bugger ought to have been kept at arms’ length from the get-go and now that he’s won his seat and made the anti-war points, I would suggest that the rest of the RESPECT (George Galloway) coalition might want to consider whether the parenthetical part of their party’s name is on balance worth the trouble he causes.
This is the guy Democrats were cheering because he ‘smacked down’ Norm Coleman.