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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of people in this country who think the war was illegal, was wrong shouldn’t have happened and should be immediately withdrawn from.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?

(Via InstaPundit)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/19/2005 at 09:55 PM
    1. Is George Galloway dissing the EU?  Let’s call Brussels and see what they tell the British people to think…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 04/19 at 10:37 PM • #


    1. As a regular reader of the Where is Raed? weblog, my memory of Salam Pax is of someone ambivalent to the war.

      For example, here is a quote from during the bombing:

      People were lying on the floor with bandages and blood all over. If this is what “urban warefare�? is going to look like we’re in for disaster. And just now the images of US/UK prisoners and dead, we saw these on Iraqi TV earlier. This war is starting to show its ugly ugly face to the world.

      Salam Pax had pretty much the same attitude I would have had towards the war had I been an Iraqi – hatred towards the dictator who had enslaved the Iraqis, but also fear of the bombs that were falling on him.

      I think George Galloway has grabbed the wrong end of the stick again.

      Posted by The Mongrel on 04/19 at 10:50 PM • #


    1. I’m waiting for Galloway to declare that you’re not a “real” British if you disagree with him.

      Posted by PW on 04/19 at 10:55 PM • #


    1. Galloway is a bolshie scottish upstart with a fine career as a stinking bag of corruption (allegedly – don’t want this blog sued out of existence by a scumbag) – perfect credentials for lecturing others on issues of sovereignty

      Posted by KK on 04/19 at 10:59 PM • #


    1. Man, Saddam got his money’s worth out of that berk…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 04/19 at 11:07 PM • #


    1. Everyone who voted for that parasite whould be kicked in the nuts – twice.

      Posted by Jaked on 04/20 at 12:00 AM • #


    1. Saddam’s Bag Man Speaks. I’m awed into blubbering incoherence.

      Oh wait, that’s the whisky.

      Saddam is STILL getting his money’s worth.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 04/20 at 12:10 AM • #


    1. “Everyone who voted for that parasite whould be kicked in the nuts – twice.”

      Would be nice, but who could find them?

      Posted by Sheriff on 04/20 at 12:21 AM • #


    1. I guess Old “Red Clydeside” there figures if he can get the Ba’athists back in power, there’s lots of huge cash prizes waiting for him in the aftermath.

      Posted by Aaron – Freewill on 04/20 at 01:01 AM • #


    1. Aaron, there’s probably a bonus clause in his contract for an early release of Saddam from prison…

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 04/20 at 02:27 AM • #


    1. Was George paid on milestones achieved or was it just an endownment?

      Is he on a pension from some Swiss account?

      I guess Saddam also threw in a few bellydancers to keep Georges support solid.

      Posted by rog2 on 04/20 at 02:49 AM • #


    1. Forget the cash, he’s a man of principle

      Posted by rog2 on 04/20 at 02:54 AM • #


    1. I’ll bet George Galloway was paid off via the food for oil programme by Kojo Annan.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 04/20 at 03:23 AM • #


    1. Britain – yesterdays nation – who cares

      Posted by Astonished on 04/20 at 03:46 AM • #


    1. Forget the cash, he’s a man of principle

      Yes, but is his accrual on that principle calculated by compound or simple interest method?

      Posted by Aaron – Freewill on 04/20 at 04:08 AM • #


    1. I thought George was paid for each time he went down on his knees.

      FOul little fascist that he is.


      Posted by MarkL on 04/20 at 04:38 AM • #


    1. Hang ‘im.

      Posted by Rob Read on 04/20 at 04:58 AM • #


    1. And Livingstone, I presume?

      Posted by blogstrop on 04/20 at 06:08 AM • #


    1. The Telegraph is appealing its libel conviction.  May the Force be with them.

      Posted by walterplinge on 04/20 at 06:13 AM • #


    1. Droolin’ George slobbers another bibfull.

      Posted by Abu Qa’Qa on 04/20 at 06:50 AM • #


    1. That miserable, arrogant, shrill, idiotic, pompous, preachy, silver-spoon, corrupt, shit-eating Communist.

      Pontificating about the immorality and illegality of the war to someone who knows better; having seen it with his own eyes, and then telling him he would happily leave his people in the lurch in their time of need.

      Galloway is an arsehole. I have nothing but contempt for him.

      Posted by lmbrjk on 04/20 at 07:59 AM • #


    1. Of course not one lefty in Britain will recognize the sheer racist arrogance of Galloway’s comments: “Don’t tell me what you want to do in your own country, you little munt.  I’ll tell [i]you!</i>

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 04/20 at 08:59 AM • #


    1. Ohh my I really need to send my laundry to Mr. Galloway. With the events of late he IRONy is so incredible!

      Posted by Marcus Aurelius on 04/20 at 01:47 PM • #


  1. I think Salam Pax’s problem is he didn’t approach George with a satchel full of cash.  Give him the cash and he’ll say whatever you want him to say.

    Er, allegely.  (looks over shoulders for lawyers)

    Posted by wronwright on 04/20 at 09:28 PM • #