George Makes Sense
You'll get the usual cowboy bluster from the latter, as I've noted previously today.
George Galloway, on the other hand, says things that no U.S. opposition pol has the guts to say during a full legislative session. In fact, Galloway came here in May and said things on the U.S. Senate floor that no senator has had the guts or sense to say since Paul Wellstone's death in 2002.
Today, on the floor of the House of Commons, Galloway (left) paid due respect by describing the London blasts as "despicable." But he had more on his mind, as the BBC reports:
- He argued that the bombings had not come out of the "clear blue sky"—the background was the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq, photographs of abuses by US troops at Abu Ghraib prison and the continuing confinement of people by America at Guantánamo.
Mr Galloway said the West was in danger of making the same mistakes over and over again, continuing with "war and occupation as the principal instrument of our foreign and defence policy."
He added: "And if we do then some people will get through and hurt us as they have hurt us today."
Galloway has a national forum thanks to an upset victory in May that returned him to Parliament as a member of the Respect Coalition after Tony Blair booted him out of Labor for his harsh anti-war comments.
The guy just won't shut up—a situation I understand all too well. So, like it or not, Galloway linked today's attack not only to such horror as the incessant U.S. bombings and killings in Fallujah but also to the Downing Street Memo scandal's revelations that British officials warned Bush and Blair to no avail that an invasion would needlessly stir things up. Here's part of his rat-a-tat-tat:
- "The loss of innocent lives, whether in this country or Iraq, is precisely the result of a world that has become a less safe and peaceful place in recent years.
"We have worked without rest to remove the causes of such violence from our world.
"We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain.
"Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the government ignoring such warnings."