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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Galloway's Historical Fiction

Madison blogger Uncle Jimbo was just about the only media personality who got to ask George Galloway a serious question during Galloway's recent visit to the Mad City. You can read (some of?) the transcript of the interview here.

The striking thing about the interview is how Galloway morphs to fit his audience. When speaking in the Arab world, he can compare the liberation of Iraq to a rape, but in the US, he tries to tell us that he's so very concerned about the possibility of creating new terrorists with our invasion. Likewise, after his long career of supporting communist dictatorships, he tries to hide it from his American audience:

UJ: (prior to clip was asking if his words to Mrs. Thatcher were related to his sadness that his team lost in Afghanistan, and how our support for the mujahideen was global chess against the Soviets, due to the policy of Realpolitik) ...and us playing Realpolitik. We supported them

GG: I've never loved the Soviet Union. You're believing all the..

UJ: Really, because I thought there was a quote that you were sad when the Soviet Union died, I mean I do fact check a little

GG: Everything that's written is a quote (laughter) so it's true, for goodness sakes,

Ebo: Must be true

GG: No what I said was, the collapse of the Soviet Union leaving a single superpower in the world, with no equilibrium in the world is the reason that the world is in the chaotic state that it is in today. That when there were more than one, there were limits to what people could do.

Leave aside Galloway's horrible fear that the collapse of the Soviet Union has given the good an unfair advantage over the evil. Leave aside Galloway's slimy attempt to throw doubt on his pro-Soviet quotes, without having to issue a solid denial. The point here is that Galloway is trying to rewrite history, replacing his earlier stated admiration for communist dictatorships with a distraction about the balance of power. Uncle Jimbo gives him a pass on that, but I don't. Let's take a look at the original quotation that Galloway is now trying to rewrite:

"I am on the anti-imperialist left." The Stalinist left? "I wouldn't define it that way because of the pejoratives loaded around it; that would be making a rod for your own back. If you are asking did I support the Soviet Union, yes I did. Yes, I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life. If there was a Soviet Union today, we would not be having this conversation about plunging into a new war in the Middle East, and the US would not be rampaging around the globe."

Remember the relevant question here: Is Galloway anti-war and anti-imperialist, or his he just anti-American and pro-dictator? Here, he clearly stated that he supported the Soviet Union. After that, he threw in some guff about opposing American military adventures. But it's obviously not "rampaging" per se that Galloway opposes. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, he refused to condemn Brezhnev. When Saddam was slaughtering the shiites, Galloway condemned the shiites. When it comes to Fidel Castro:

Galloway regards Fidel Castro's Cuba as "a remarkable society" and "a model for the world." He has said Castro is "not a dictator, not at all", and described him as "the greatest man I have met."

So when Galloway claims that he was just concerned about balance of power, I say, "bullshit".

Blair: Worse than bin Laden?

With so many egregious distortions coming out of Galloway, it's hard to choose only a few. But this one is noteworthy:

I'm not speaking for Bin Laden, I'm not asking us to negotiate with Bin Laden.

What Galloway has actually done is much worse than asking us to negotiate. He tried to explain away the 9/11 attacks as being not nearly as bad as the sanctions on Saddam (sanctions that were in place to prevent Saddam from getting WMD.) After 9/11, he has condemned our attempts to drive bin Laden's Taliban buddies from power. He now condemns Canada for having peacekeepers in Afghanistan, complaining that Canada's soldiers and not "neutral" between the Taliban terrorists and the victims of terrorism.

Galloway can toss out an occasional pro forma denunciation of bin Laden, but the words he utters and the policies he demands are of invaluable aid to the world's most famous terrorist.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm stupider having read that. Thanks.

6:05 PM, November 01, 2007  

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