Galloway: Champion of the Down-Trodding
In a recent appearance on Iranian state-funded channel Press TV, British MP George Galloway praised North Korea and blamed the current tension on US and its “puppet”, South Korea. Galloway stated:
“North Korea has no intention to harm any of us. North Korea’s problem is with South Korea. South Korea exists because America invaded Korea, killed millions of people, divided the country and continues to garrison South Korea with military bases, nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapon.”
Galloway recently condemned Prime Minister Cameron for aiding the fight against Al Qaeda in Mali while supporting the rebels in Syria. The Prime Minister, to a roar of approval from the entire Parliament, retorted: “Well, some things come and go, but there is one thing that is certain: wherever there is a brutal Arab dictator in the world, he’ll have the support of the honourable gentleman.”
Galloway is an MP for the Respect Party, a political movement formed in 2004 by Islamist and far-Left activsts. Respect promotes both revolutionary international socialism and anti-Zionism. Its membership is drawn from the Socialist Workers Party, Iranian Islamist groups and activists from British Muslim Brotherhood. Respect has managed to effect the ideological fusion of neo-Marxism and Islamism. Galloway, as the Party’s sole MP, is a particularly concentrated form of this unholy alliance.
On the one hand, he claims that, “I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life.” He has also described a fellow far-Left activist as “a very good political operator – remorseless, unremitting and practical. Just like Stalin.”
On the other hand, however, during the recent election campaign for his parliamentary seat, Galloway’s campaign team smeared his Muslim opponent in mass-distributed leaflet, which stated:
“God KNOWS who is a Muslim. And he KNOWS who is not. Instinctively, so do you. Let me point out to all the Muslim brothers and sisters what I stand for: I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if you believe the other candidate in this election can say that truthfully.”
Galloway was one of the first to discover and fully exploit the unifying issue that has brought the far-Left and Islamists into a symbiotic embrace: hatred for the West.
Galloway can be both the Islamist and the Marxist. He can be both the democrat and the despot. He is a demagogue whose views will fit the ideology as occasion demands.
In the same interview about North Korea, Galloway claimed that North Korea has a “cohesive, pristine, innocent culture, a culture not penetrated by globalisation and Western mores.” This “pristine, innocent culture”, in fact, has imprisoned 200,000 of its citizens within the vast gulag system, a great deal of whom are tortured and killed. It is not just the military might of the free, democratic countries that Galloway despises; it is the cultural norms as well.
Just as collectivist North Korea believes the sanctity of the State to be worth more than the lives of its people, so too does Galloway. It would appear that in his hatred for the West, any murderous despot who claims to oppose Western ‘imperialism’ is a potential ally and a hero.
Just take a look at a few of his friends:
- In 1994, Galloway praised Saddam Hussein for his “courage, strength and indefatigability”.
- In 2005, he praised Bashar al-Assad in a speech at Damascus University: “For me, he is the last Arab ruler, and Syria is the last Arab country … The reason why Syria is being threatened is not because of anything bad which she did, but because of the good which she is doing.”
- In 2006, he spoke at a rally praising the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group, Hezbollah: “I am here to glorify the Lebanese resistance, Hezbollah. I am here to glorify the leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.”
- In 2010, Galloway interviewed Iranian President Ahmadeinjad. During the interview, a piece of puffery in which Galloway’s behaviour was described by the Western media as sycophantic, the MP referred to Ahmadeinjad as “his excellency” and darkly referenced the “enemies of Iran”.