Thursday, November 18, 2010

George Galloway: dangerous supporter of terrorism or harmless windbag?

The video that follows this post shows the odious former British MP George Galloway trying to justify his support of Hamas the anti-Jew terrorist group. Last year, the Canadian government banned Galloway from entering Canada for his role in shipping five convoys of “humanitarian aid” to Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip.

Galloway refers to Hamas as being “the democratically elected government of 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza.” Elected, yes. Democratically elected? I think not. To be democratically elected there must first be a democracy. And through what tortured logic could any part of the administration in Gaza or the West Bank be considered democratic?

The right to vote, by itself, does not a democracy make. Without rule of law and other democratic institutions there is no democracy. Caribbean pirates of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries used to elect their captains, but they did not operate in democracies.

But Galloway has a long association with non-democracies. In 1994 he was shown on television telling Saddam Hussein: “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” He’s also no friend of free speech as he supported Dutch politician Geert Wilders being banned from entering the United Kingdom because he didn’t agree with Wilders’s views.

Hamas was founded—as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood—in 1987 for, as they say, the purpose of Jihad, to liberate Palestine from Israeli oppression and to establish an Islamic state “from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.” The Hamas charter states in part, “our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious” and calls for the obliteration or dissolution of Israel. Time and again the charter calls for killing Jews.

Note the anti-Semitic tone their words like, “struggle against the Jews.” [Emphasis mine] They could have said: against “Israel,” but deliberately chose otherwise.

Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by many governments, including those of Israel, the European Union, the United States, Japan and Canada—in other words, most of the world’s democracies. I’ll take their evaluations over that of George Galloway any day of the week.

Galloway is a dangerous man because he puts a reasonable face on terrorists. He tries to make them seem like normal, democratically elected, folk.



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