Wednesday, September 28, 2005

George Galloway Quotes

Got these from here. (.pdf)

On Saddam Hussein: “Just as Stalin industrialized the Soviet Union, so on a different scale Saddam plotted Iraqis own Great Leap Forward… He managed to keep his country together until 1991. Indeed, he is likely to have been the leader in history who came closest to creating a truly Iraqi national identity, and he developed Iraq and the living, health, social and education standards of his own people." (I’m Not the Only One, Galloway’s autobiography)

On Iraqi Self-Determination: “There are elections and elections, there are many Arab presidents who are elected with 99.9, 94.7, 87.4 percent of the vote in elections but nobody believes these elections. They’re not real elections and the election that’s going to be held in Iraq in January, if it is held at all - and there is a big question mark over that - will not be a real election. How can you have a real election with hundreds of thousands of Crusader soldiers occupying the country, drawing up the electoral law, deciding who is allowed to take part in the elections, and utterly dominating the political life of the country?” (01/05, right before the first democratic elections in Iraq) )Might I note here that Saddam was "elected" with 100% of the vote?)

Galloway may have opposed the U.S. liberation of Afghanistan in 2001, but he supported the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. “[Osama bin Laden’s] medieval obscurantism was spotted first by us and what a pity that we were not able to persuade [Johann] Hari and [Christopher] Hitchens’s new best friends that, though the ‘holy warriors’ were the enemy of their enemy, they were better off with the enemy they knew.” (The Morning Star [organ of the Stalinist rump of the nowdissolved British Communist Party], 6/7/05) [.....] 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. (The Guardian, 9/16/02) (Yep, better that his communist friends "rampaged" around the globe.)

There's more at the link. And for a man who "loved" the Iraqi people so much, why was he a party to denying them food and medicine by subverting oil-for-food money under the table to line his own pockets? He is simply repugnant.


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