Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Galloway vs Hitchens
George Galloway will debate Christopher Hitchens on the topic of the war in Iraq tonight at 6 pm CDT. (Via Ace.) A live audio link is here. The sponsor's web site hypes it:
Mr. Galloway, debating against the war, is a highly respected Member of Parliament who recently electrified the U.S. with his appearance at the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations responding to charges related to Iraq’s oil-for-food program. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer described Galloway’s speech in the Senate as “a blistering attack on U.S. senators rarely heard.” He penned “Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington” based upon his recent Senate Subcommittee hearings. Mr. Hitchens, debating pro-war is a widely published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator. He is the author of “Love, Poverty and War,” and “Blood, Class and Empire.”Hitchens, on Galloway, in his most recent Slate column:
Moderated by Amy Goodman, WBAI radio host “Democracy Now” and author of 'Exception to the Rules.' Presented by The New Press, International Socialist Review, Center for Research and Social Change, and cosponsored by Nation Books.
Fawning on dictators, posing and posturing for a state-controlled press in front of a coerced audience, managing to overlook the existence of death squads and torturers, and praising the invasion and occupation of neighboring states—this is the same George Galloway who in 1994 flew to Baghdad and addressed Saddam Hussein in the following terms, commiserating with him on his failure to annex the Arab and Muslim state of Kuwait:If nothing else, this should make for some fine entertainment.Your Excellency, Mr. President, I greet you in the name of the many thousands of people in Britain who stood against the tide and opposed the war and aggression against Iraq. … I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.Now, you can be a flatterer of dictators and murderers and still—just about—be a pacifist, or "anti-war." But here is what Galloway said about the car bombers and beheaders and suicide fanatics of Iraq, again this July 30 at the Al-Assad Library, as broadcast by Syrian state TV and by Al Jazeera the following day. He informed the Arab world:Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners—Jerusalem and Baghdad. The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will. The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent. Some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters...As for the jihadist and Baathist resisters: They "are writing the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military operations every day."