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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 12:52 pm
Former UK Labour member and Saddam pal George Galloway was once all for Iraqi self-determination:
He reiterated that it was up to the Iraqi people to decide their own future, free of the missiles, bombs and bullets raining down on them.
“This puppet cabal of collaborators and self-servers has no legitimate authority in Iraq and, sooner or later, will be swept away. The people of Iraq are well able to decide the kind of government they want, free of the armed imposition of a quisling administration,” he said.
That was last year. Galloway now believes differently, as is evident from this confrontation with Baghdad blogger Salam Pax, currently in London:
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of people in this country who think the war was illegal, was wrong shouldn’t have happened and should be immediately withdrawn from.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.“
Er, George? It’s up to the Iraqi people, remember?