“Dear George…” – a reminder to Galloway of his support for “brutal Arab dictators”

Carl Packman writes a letter to George Galloway, reminding him of his record as, to quote the the prime minister, a supporter of "brutal Arab dictators".

George Galloway has written to David Cameron following his humiliation at the hands of the PM at yesterday’s PMQs; here, Left Foot Forward’s Carl Packman writes a letter to the Honourable Gentleman, reminding him of his record as, to quote the the prime minister, a supporter of “brutal Arab dictators”

Dear George,

It was great to have you, the Rt Hon Member of Parliament for Blackburn Blackpool Baghdad Bradford West, turn up to Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. It is always nice to hear your contribution to the national questions of the day, and I’m sure your constituents are more than happy for that advocacy.

So it was to my great disappointment that our prime minister didn’t treat you to the answer you wanted. Though you yourself have form of avoiding questions.

Remember when you accused Dispatches and Channel 4 of “having a problem with Muslims” but refused to answer the question of whether you saw the programme on Born again Christians (which would prove Channel 4’s even-handedness) or the question of whether you could name the last vicar who publicly called for the stoning of women? Where instead you just kept deflecting and shouting at your guest to look at the Jews?

It’s here and it’s brilliant – a pity you ran out of time at the point when a man was laughing in your face at your reluctance to debate:

But actually, let’s talk about those “hand-choppers” and “throat-cutters” that you don’t support.

In 1994 you praised a man who was responsible for the deaths of some 200,000 Kurdish civilians, as well as a great many of his own people, who was known for his egotism, cruelty and morbid will to power, for his “courage, strength and indefatigability”. The same Saddam Hussein who won elections with 99% of the vote? He must have had very good election materials.

And didn’t you once say:

“I am here to glorify the Lebanese resistance, Hezbollah. I am here to glorify the leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.”

The same Nasrallah whose early spiritual guide was Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr, who Saddam executed in 1980? You must have very interesting dinner parties.

And Hezbollah. The same Hezbollah who have the necessity of the destruction of Israel written in to their manifesto, who glorify death and martyrdom, whose reason for being is to stand Muslims against Christians and Jews? It must have been very tough glorifying them as a Roman Catholic (back when you were).

In 2010 you gave a soft touch interview to a man, a leader of a country from another contested election, who funds terrorist groups like Hezbollah, backs groups like the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, with their proud history of suicide bombing, before calling him “his excellency”. The same Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who denies the Holocaust? You probably should have mentioned how disgraceful this position is.

I’m sure you wouldn’t let Nick Griffin or David Irving get away with it. Maybe your work with PressTV, which is funded by Iran, making Ahmadinejad your boss, held you back a bit?

You have been consistent in your support for one leader, who you have hailed as the “last Arab leader”, noted their independence (from Russia, Mr Galloway?) and their leader’s “reforming zeal”. The same President Bashar al-Assad who among other, countless atrocities, oversaw the throat slitting and killing of 32 children under 10 years old and 60 adults in villages in the Houla?

For anyone else it would be very difficult to stand by the words you uttered about him:

“Syria is very lucky to have Bashar Al-Assad as her president.”

But for you?

I know of one Syrian I think you should consider when standing by your words about Assad – the pro-democracy activist Hamza Fakher who said at the start of 2012:

“The repression is so severe that detainees are stacked alive and kicking in shipping containers and disposed off in the middle of the sea.

“It is so bad that they’ve invented a new way of torture in Aleppo where they heat a metal plate and force a detainee to stand on it until he confesses; imagine all the melting flesh reaching the bone before the detainee falls on the plate.

“It is so bad that all demonstrators have opted for armed resistance. They know it is about survival now, not about freedom any more. This needs to be highlighted: Syrians are fighting for their lives now, not for freedom.”

And it is those people who you have accused of being Al-Qaeda yesterday, those people who are fighting for their lives as your friend, President Assad, goes to the lengths he does to burn, cut the throats, torture and kill them – just to ensure his staus quo. You, Galloway, are that man’s foot soldier. And you should be ashamed.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Carl Packman

See also:

Respect implicated in aggressive and slanderous Rotherham campaign leafletNovember 23rd, 2012

Respect’s Yvonne Ridley: Says Zionists should be “hunted down”; “loathes” Israel; supports Hamas…November 15th, 2012

The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigotsMarch 30th, 2012

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46 Responses to ““Dear George…” – a reminder to Galloway of his support for “brutal Arab dictators””

  1. Alex

    Hmm…and the father of the creator of this website also cosied up to Bashar al-Assad before he became unpopular – not to mention the dictatorships of Saudi Arabia and Egypt and Bahrain…can we see the letter to him as well?

  2. Ben Caspersz

    I’m annoyed that I’ve wasted three minutes reading this puerile tosh.

    Come on Left Foot Forward, you’re better than this.

  3. oakroyd

    Cameron’s response was the usual claptrap, humiliating only himself. He himself peddles weapons to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Your piece is drivel.

  4. BenSix

    If Galloway meant that all elements of the Syrian opposition are Islamist militants he was, of course, being grossly unfair. In side-stepping the fact that many of them are, though, you are encouraging delusions.

  5. Carl Packman

    I don’t think I’m doing any such thing. I’m fully aware that there are liberals, democrats, Islamists, communists, socialists and the rest (perhaps the odd New age hippy, Greenpeace members, Autonomist, Randian libertarian, postmodern Lyotardian, people that like the novels of Neil Gaiman) fighting within the ranks of the rainbow grouping to overthrow Assad – Galloway here is the deluded one for boiling that opposition to one group alone: al Qaeda. And it is slightly dishonest of him, too; clearly he is a big fan of Assad.

  6. freddie

    Utter. utter drivel. I refer you to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4LDQixpCa8

    George’s associations pale by comparison with the murderous US and Israeli track record

  7. Mick

    This is sub-Daily Mail standard drivel. If only you spent as much effort attacking Cameron’s inability to answer a question or his support of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as you do attacking your pet-hate figure, maybe you’d get somewhere

  8. John_Slinger

    Well said, Carl.

  9. Keith Packman

    Brilliant, well said

  10. Dan

    Excellent article, succinctly listing many, if not all, of Galloway’s past misdeeds. One you might care to add is that his (and Ken’s) past employer Press TV is the kind of organisation that reports lunatic claims such as Israeli death squads being responsible for the Newtown massacre: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/18/278706/israeli-squads-tied-to-newtown-carnage/

    A pity that some other comments here seem to think that just because Galloway is opposed to another hypocrite in Cameron, that somehow means he should be immune from criticism, or that he should be spared any till the countless other hypocritical British politicians and journalists have been similarly addressed. I suspect this is because they see the inconsistency of their own position on Syria, in comparison to say, their position on Palestine, and wish to obscure this through attempting to maintain the simplistic dichotomy of bad-western-imperialists/good-comrade-anti-imperialists that sustains a comfortably understood worldview

  11. clearwater1

    what a disgrace of a man george galloway is

  12. BenSix

    But if you were going to write a long piece that related to his “appalling question” you should have found the time to note that there was at least an element of truth to it. Just yesterday, according to a Reuters report, members of the Al Nusrah Front imposed sharia law on the town of Mayadin, along with members of the Iraqi “resistance” that people like you have rightly objected to Galloway praising.

  13. ghost whistler

    Wow, what a pitiful article this is.

    I’m certainly not here to defend whether George said or didn’t say whatever about whomever as that tired media circus goes round and round only stopping to pick up ever more desperate individuals. This was a blog I respected but this is muckraking of the worst kind.

    As much as George’s inability or unwillingness (i’m not here to defend nor speak for him) to properly engage with the representative of Channel 4 you cannot defend the PM’s typically disgraceful ad hominem attack on another elected representative of the house. The catcalling in the background was equally contemptible and further highlights just how contemptuous and childish the game of politics, at our expense, has become.

    And it does trouble me, that George didn’t defend himself. However while he may well have been Saddam’s bestest buddy ever (apart from Donald Rumsfield), he also speaks out on other issues with which I agree: particuarly in favour of trade unions, against fascism and for the working class, and you do yourself a huge disservice linking to a video by Paul Staines. As far as I’m aware Mr Galloway has no conviction for drink driving and doesn’t smear his political oppnents and their points of view on a blog hiding behind a nickname.

    This is a pathetic little hit peice and I fully support George in expecting better treatment as a fellow member of the house from the PM, especially when that man is as loathsome and as contemptible a liar as any supposed supporter of oppression or terrorism. You have played the man and not the ball.

  14. Carl Packman

    There’s no element of truth to what Galloway said, Islamists are sadly pushing through in the power struggle. He typified assistance and weapon support as going straight to al-Qaeda, as though there were something queer about trying to avoid catastrophe at the hands of nutters, of all persuasions, from Syria to Mali.

  15. Newsbot9

    When someone supports suicide bombing, there’s no point looking for his balls in the first place.

  16. Newsbot9

    Ah yes, same old – as long as they’re after Jews it’s fine. Cue the propagit movies!

  17. ghost whistler

    Please link me to a youtube clip or similar that clearly shows George Galloway saying any such thing.

    All I ever hear is the same tired ad hom attacks. Every time.

    Show the evidence or shut up.

  18. ghost whistler

    Cameron’s response was to say that independent voices are not welcome in the party political game of westminster.

    Cameron’s response was to say that if you aren’t part of our privileged club, you aren’t worth responding to.

    That is what this stupid article and it’s equally stupid writer should be focussing one, and it is shameful that he doesn’t. It is also shameful that he is too cowardly to respond. Another gutless internet hero. well there’s plenty of those: guido fawkes, philip hensher, james delingpole…need i go on?

    I won’t waste my time with this site anymore and I shall be removing it from my own blog’s list of links. I have no desire to be dragged into the gutter by some idiot’s divide and rule tactics when the tories are already winning at that game.

  19. Matthew Blott

    I thought you said you weren’t here to defend him? You could’ve fooled me.

  20. Newsbot9

    Ad hom? Oh yes, the truth. If you’re not aware of the truth about your idol, then perhaps you should be reading up on that rather than trying to demand other people’s voices need to be silenced.

    Of course you’ll keep demanding youtube clips rather than actually reading anything, since you only want to watch pap propaganda, when a perusal of Hansard might be more appropriate.

  21. Newsbot9

    If you actually cared, you’d be campaigning for PR or the like, not pushing a man with a record’s like Galloway’s. And good – there can be no platform for terror.

  22. Soupy One

    It might be useful to ask Galloway supporters do they feel his appearances on Russia today are appropriate?

    Russia Today is the propaganda arm of the authoritarian, Putin government.

    Russia Today offers a wide selection of conspiracies and crazy views from the fringes.

    Russia Today is very neofascist friendly.

    It often hosts the dregs of the American white supremacist movement, such as David Duke and Mark Dankof

    Russia Today pushes the ideas of Peter Rushton, British neofascist and organiser of the annual John Tyndall Memorial meeting.

    Tyndall was an early member of the White Defence League and National Socialist Movement in Britain. Later on leader of the National Front, an openly racist party, which pre-dates the current BNP.

    Peter Rushton was John Tyndall’s long term friends and political comrade.

    So do Galloway’s supporter feel comfortable in the company of KKKers, neo-Nazis and active neofascists, because that who Russia Today pushes.

  23. ghost whistler

    so the answer is: no, you can’t link to him saying any such thing. So there’s nothing to defend.

    you miss the point: he’s an elected representative raising a legitimate question being slapped down by an arrogant leader of an arrogant braying unelected (the coalition has no mandate, he does) mob.

    It doesn’t matter who the person is.

  24. ghost whistler

    If you want me to read up on ‘the truth’ then by all means do what the person above couldn’t and provide the evidence.

    Again, link me to a clip of galloway saying any such thing.

    Yes, of course I will keep demanding evidence. That’s how I base opinions.

    Since you clearly know the evidence, answering the question shouldn’t be difficult, should it.

  25. ghost whistler

    If I ‘actually cared’? You sound like a stroppy housewife.

  26. Newsbot9

    Ah yes, that’d be your stereotyping then.

  27. Newsbot9

    That’s right, you keep asking only for a certain type of evidence. You’re completely unwilling to do a simple google search and read the text.

    I have answered, you don’t like the answer, and are demanding a pony.

  28. ghost whistler

    No I’m demanding you to provide actual evidence of his words wtih a context. Looking up words wont’ give me a context.

    So you are incapable of providing the evidence, just say so. I’ve got better things to do than trawl the internet to try and convince myself that george galloway is the great evil the tedious mouthpieces of the right wing continually and without success portay him as.

  29. Newsbot9

    There is no “context” which makes calling suicide bombing acceptable, acceptable.

    And no, you’re incapable of doing basic google searches, there’s no trawling about. And most of the left can’t stand him, let alone the right – for good reason!

  30. ghost whistler

    and george galloway has never said suicide bombing is acceptable.

  31. Newsbot9

    Right, you keep believing that.

  32. ghost whistler

    as opposed to believing what…? You who can provide no evidence that Galloway ever said that suicide bombing is acceptable. If you’re referring to the comment he made about tony blair being killed by a suicide bomb then you, predictably, have grossly misunderstood the situation, but well done for presuming that another human being would say such something so ugly.

  33. ghost whistler

    By your logic everyone that works for Amazon or Starbucks is equally culpable of tax avoidance.

  34. SO15 (Sacked)

    This article is really poor, especially on a blog called Left foot forward…i mean REALLY…

  35. Mahmood I'm a dinner jacket

    Galloway always plays the man and not the ball !

  36. Mahmood I'm a dinner jacket

    You mention Press TV. Labour’s candidate for London Mayor is an ex presenter on this channel. Ed Miliband said NOTHING !

  37. Mahmood I'm a dinner jacket

    why, because it doesn’t sit well with your naive view on the world ? !!!!!

  38. Mahmood I'm a dinner jacket

    …..and I say again with reference to Ken. Miliband and the Labour party put their heads in the sand ! He even appeared for one programme AFTER he had lost the mayoral election, standing in for you’ve guessed it, Gorgeous George !

  39. Poyan Nahrvar

    Everybody supports their own suicide bombers.

  40. Poyan Nahrvar

    I guess he was here only to crush liars and bastards (such as yourself).

  41. Newsbot9

    Absolute nonsense. I can and do condemn anyone committing egregious acts of violence in my name, let alone suicide bombers.

    You’re choosing not to do so – but that’s your choice.

  42. Meekness

    What a stupid article Carl Packman outspoken supporter of Western Imperialism and disseminator of hatred and phobia against Iran. This article would go down well in the Daily Mail, you should also send it to David Cameron as it is a perfect expression of his views. Left Foot Forward what a joke! I’d like to see you debate the crisis in the Middle East with George Galloway seeing as you’ve done such extensive research and are obviously an expert, why don’t you phone his programme Comment on Press TV, bloody fool

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