Tuesday, April 19, 2005

GALLOWAY -MEETS- SALAM PAX AND RUNS

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Galloway - (Baathist Galloway) A former British MP who supposedly took regular $$$$ (bribes) from Saddam to shill for his interests and strongly against the Iraqi War. Lost his seat and got off with a slap on the wrist. Is now running again in a different district (only in Britain) against current MP Ooona King, a black/jewish woman, who is also the daughter of an American Civil Rights leader. Prior Scorecard post details an exchange between the two which provides an example of the warped/moonbat/PC Idotarian thinking of Galloway. (got that?)

Salam Pax - Iraqi blogger who was one of few native voices available for the outside world during the Iraqi Invasion. (there are now plenty of Iraqi blog voices available) At times became very critical of the Coalition Forces. Later took a reporting job offered to him by the far left - British Guardian.

BBC story reports Salam crashed a 'platform launch' for George Galloway's RESPECT Party in London. The "Baghdad blogger" was at the event to make a film for Newsnight, and managed to snatch a brief interview with Galloway before the 'Respect' candidate dashed off to his meeting with the lawyers.

"I know who you are," said Mr Galloway, warily eyeing Mr Pax, whose weblog gave the world an insight into the lives of ordinary Iraqis in the run-up to the US-led invasion.

Mr Pax wanted to know why Mr Galloway wanted the immediate withdrawal of occupying troops from Iraq.

Galloway - "I really don't think we are going to agree on this. You supported the war and I opposed it....... You (Salam) welcomed the invasion of foreign armies into your country. I opposed it. So we are not going to agree on this, which is why I didn't think it would be productive to have a discussion with you and I do have to go now."

But Mr Pax - whose real name has never been revealed - pressed the point.

Galloway: "I just want to be honest with you. You can not demand that our armed forces occupy your country - that's a matter for us..... It's not a matter for you - it's a matter for us. Now I think there are millions of people in this country who think the war was illegal, was wrong shouldn't have happened and should be immediately withdrawn from. We are entitled to that point of view and we are." Mr Pax "shouldn't have supported" the war in the first place, added Mr Galloway.

But Mr Pax countered that would be tantamount to supporting the continuation of a regime like Saddam's.

Galloway: "We are not going to agree on this. You are a supporter of the war. You are a supporter of the occupation and I am an opponent. Your family joined the puppet government."

Pax: "We are helping to build the new Iraq."

Galloway: "That's your point of view, it's not our point of view and you are entitled to your opinion, and I welcome you to London, and I am entitled to mine - and let's see what the British people think."

And with that, Mr Galloway really was gone.

UPDATE: George Galloway [perhaps realizing a 'Free Saddam' campaign wouldn't go over very well] has instead launched a petition to free Tariq Aziz (Saddam's number #2 man) from American custody. I KID YOU NOT! (hat tip damian penny)

Signatories so far include -

Meanwhile, an Arab League Ambassador addressed a group of British Conservative MPs. You know where this went? (I'm sure that you do)

  • "But Washington entered actively into the fray after the terrorist events perpetrated on its own soil in 9/11/01. This was not a good justification for its enmity towards Arabs and Muslims. Israel's hand in the matter is clear."

Harry's Place and Robert Spencer wonder whether any of the Tories in the audience dared to challenge their guest. In the land of the Michael Moore Conservative I wouldn't count on it.

  • Spencer - "Read it all, if you have the stomach. Amazing that British MPs could have sat through this load of hogwash -- like good dhimmis, I suppose."

Psssssst - Its only the Joooos mate, don't get all in a 'tiff' bout it.

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