Tuesday, July 12, 2005

If I had not, by chance, visited the website of the International Herald Tribune this morning before I read the newspaper, I would have missed the following letter to the editor, which for some reason is missing from the newspaper itself. All other letters that appear on the website were printed. I really cannot stand Mr Galloway ( read this and this ), so I agree with every word written by Mr Shawcross. Undue praise Regarding the article "Scotsman keeps 'swimming against the stream"' (July 4): George Galloway is an utterly unscrupulous politician. He was expelled from Britain's Labour Party after he made inflammatory attacks on British troops fighting in Iraq. He then joined a failed Trotskyite group, the Respect Party. In the recent election he targeted the seat of a Labour member of Parliament, Oona King, a black, half-Jewish woman whom he thought vulnerable. Many of her constituents were Muslims who opposed her support for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Galloway accused her of having the blood of over 100,000 Iraqis on her hands. Not content with this grotesque accusation, Galloway added that the Iraqi dead included "a lot of women who had blacker faces than her." He won King's seat. In 1994 Galloway stood before Saddam Hussein and said: "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability. And I want you to know that we are with you until victory, until Jerusalem." By this time, as Galloway knew well, Saddam had gassed thousands of Kurds, murdered many thousands of his political opponents, attempted to expunge Kuwait from the map and much more - yet Galloway extolled him. Galloway is not a charming maverick. He is an unprincipled opportunist and a bully who uses Britain's stringent laws of libel to cow his critics. He is not worthy of admiration. William Shawcross, London

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