Skip to comments.George Galloway And The Left's Alliance With Terror
Posted on 02/11/2010 5:55:01 AM PST by SJackson
The news that British MP George Galloway was the planned guest speaker at a February 1 Hamas fundraiser at Boston's Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace would, in a morally coherent world, be alarming for those in the West who wonder why elected officials should be gathering support for a group of jihadist thugs whose principal efforts are dedicated to the extirpation of Israel and the murder of Jews.
Here again is yet another instance of the dangerous unholy alliance between Islamists, with a specific agenda to dilute Western institutions and destroy Israel, and leftists, who, in accommodating radical Islam, not only enable what Robert Spencer has called a "stealth jihad," but help facilitate it.
Galloway, whom the wry commentator Christopher Hitchens once described as "being 100 percent consistent in support for thugs and criminals," has been actively raising funds for his current pet project, Viva Palestina - including from those attendees at the Boston event. Palestina has as its purported goal to shuttle in "aid" to Gaza, but that assistance has been in the form of cash given directly to Hamas - designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department, Canada, and the EU.
Galloway's pernicious fundraising road show has also included visits to American universities. In October 2009, for instance, in an action that seemed to give credence to notion that there was, and remains, a sinister and dangerous side to anti-Israel activism on college campuses, the U.S. Justice Department initiated an investigation into possible illegal fundraising on behalf of Hamas participated in by UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union (MSU). Based on a formal complaint by the Zionist Organization of America, the investigation centers on allegations that Galloway had raised funds for the Viva Palestina project. Advertisement
Galloway, who has referred Hamas "as heroes [who] are opening the eyes of the world to the siege in the Strip," and who elevates the Palestinian cause as a sacred mission against the tyranny of Western imperialism, had attended a May 2009 event on the Irvine campus sponsored by the University's MSU, "Israel: The Politics of Genocide," and used the opportunity not only to condemn Israel for its many alleged transgressions, but also to raise money to assist its enemies in arming themselves to further their ambition of extirpating the Jewish state.
His real intention, and the spurious purpose of Viva Palestina's fundraising, was on full display in 2009 when Galloway presented a satchel of cash to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. At that meeting, Galloway was very clear about his true intentions and the purpose of his charitable activities: "This is not charity," he said as he defiantly passed the money to Haniyeh, "this is politics."
What is more, he said at that meeting that he was fully intent on "break[ing] the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine."
While Galloway's current obsession seems to be his visceral hatred for the Jewish state and adulation for its jihadist foes, his loathing of the imperialist West in general has been evident for some time now. In a 2005 interview on Iraq News Network, for instance, he was asked if it was feasible, or even productive, for the radical left and Islamists to have common goals in their assault against Western democracies and Israel.
For Galloway, whose fatuous theories about Western hegemony and Third-World victimhood animate his venomous worldview, this unholy alliance is precisely what he is after.
"Not only do I think it's possible," he told the interviewer, "but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already. It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies. Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries, mainly Muslim countries. They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world . So it's necessary to unite these two great forces."
This morally imbecilic fawning over despots and murderers has been part of Galloway's repertoire for years. In 1994, for example, he told the lovely Saddam Hussein, "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability." What was more, Galloway was completely willing to cheer on the Islamist madman in his apocalyptic scourge against mankind, and specifically against one small democracy in the Middle East.
"I want you to know," he told Hussein, "that we are with you until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem."
On an Al Jazeera television appearance in 2005, Galloway similarly showed his contempt for the West and his strange attraction to jihadism when he accused the United States and Israel of being defiling occupiers who had unjustly asserted themselves into Iraq and Palestine.
"Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners - Jerusalem and Baghdad," he said. "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 ."
The perverse union between jihadists and leftists, embodied by Galloway, which might seem initially incompatible, serves both sides well, and is the reason why his presence at the Palestinian Center makes strategic sense. Pro-Palestinians wish to deflect the pathologies of their own societies and savor being able to assign the term of illegal "occupier" to Israel, and leftists at the same time fulfill their Marxist dreams of trying to envision and help create what Harvard's Ruth Wisse has called the "ideal of the egalitarian state" by purporting to help suffering Gazans with aid that instead is expropriated by Hamas for weaponry with which to murder even more Jews.
Richard L. Cravatts is director of Boston University's Program in Publishing. He has just finished a book about the worldwide assault on Israel taking place on college campuses, "Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel."
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There have been months worth of stories about Hamas fundraising on US campus'. Why doesn't the media include information about the arrests? Raising funds for a designated terror group is a crime in the US. The UK too, I believe.
Yes, but the Muslims have an enemy that you don't have ... namely, you.
Double Oxymoron alert.......
Western thinking has become conservative:
the world situation should stay as it is at any cost;
there should be no changes. ....
The communist regime in the East could stand and grow due to the enthusiastic support
from an enormous number of Western intellectuals who felt a kinship and refused to see
communism's crimes. And when they no longer could do so, they tried to justify them. In
our Eastern countries, communism has suffered a complete ideological defeat; it is zero
and less than zero. But Western intellectuals still look at it with interest and with
empathy, and this is precisely what makes it so immensely difficult for the West to
withstand the East.
[Dr. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn at the Commencement,
8 June 1978, Harvard University]
“The cops didn’t seem too happy about the other side of the street. Nappy told the Sergeant that Galloway was barred from entering Canada because of his ties to Hamas. He naturally asked why we’re letting him here. “You’ll have to ask our President.” His partner got it right away: “Oh, yeah. Barack Hussein Obama.” Sarge asked “Is he on the no-fly list?” Partner answered “No, he doesn’t blow things up himself, he just funds the bombers.” Ain’t that the truth. Terror leaders never go on “martyrdom operations” or send their own kids.”
That pathetic puke Galloway will go down in history as one of the most despicable little limey-maggots, right alongside Oswald Mosley.
I predict full exoneration by the Holder inJustice Department.
The enemies of liberty and capitalism would, naturally, make great allies with each other.
Once liberty and capitalism are squashed, then these groups can fight it out amongst themselves for dominance.
These people are a plague upon the planet.
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No rational person can ignore the intense love that radical leftists have for radical jihadis. They both hate Western Civilization and want to install totalitarian, agenda-driven dictatorships that control every aspect of their citizens’ lives.
I concur. The man is a disgrace...most Brits despise this man and his ideology.
BTW, can someone please tell us the demographics of the constituency that elected Galloway to Parliament? What percentage of his constituents are Muslims? I wouldn't be surprised if many others joined in to give him the votes to have this MP platform from which he can help to undermine the US, Israel, his own country (UK), and all western civilization.
So how on earth was he elected to Parliament, where he seems to have been for many years?
Dang I never knew hamas was openly soliciting funds from college students. Do you know the names of the groups I can look out for? I’m going to be going to the College( it’s a REALLY lefty oriented college) so I can search for these thugs? No worries, I’ll bring my Green Hizbollah T shirt to blend in and carry a bong.
Yay a Dr. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn quote too! I love this thread. Been re-reading his works this month. I think it should be required reading for any person in or out of colllege, maybe the HS levels or during the time unPlanned Parenthood teached Public school ten year olds how great sex feels...yeesh.
He was elected in his current constituency once at the last election but will likely be defeated this time.
He stood in a racially divided muslim constituency after the iraq war against a jewish labour MP...that is how he got elected, that one constituency doesn’t speak for the country.
When is the next British parliamentary election and what results do you expect?
It will be this year in either May or June.
Result will be a landslide victory for the conservative party...although sadly they are not conservative as you or I would know which is sad.
Politicans know that Muslims basically vote as a block.