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Victim of Saddam makes Galloway shut up (Galloway alert!)
The Telegraph ^ | Filed: 06/04/2003) | unknown

Posted on 04/06/2003 5:55:07 AM PDT by alnitak

A woman tortured in Iraq tried in vain last week to meet the MP who has praised the Baghdad dictator. Charlotte Edwardes went with her

For someone who happily consorts with a brutal dictator who has murdered people for just smiling at the wrong time, George Galloway was curiously frightened by a demure Iraqi Kurdish woman last week.

"I am very suspicious of you," George Galloway hissed down the phone to Freshta Raper, a 37-year-old exile and mother of one. "I have a gut feeling about you. What do you want to ask me?"

Mrs Raper had spent much of the week trying to catch up with the Left-wing Labour MP to discuss his anti-war pro-Saddam stance. The last 48 hours had, in particular, been frustrating as the MP assiduously avoided her efforts to speak to him.

Her strong view - like those of many Iraqi Kurds - is that the war is necessary as the only way to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein, the tyrant responsible for killing 21 members of her family in 1988 when the regime sprayed chemical weapons on Halabja, the Kurdish area in northern Iraq, killing 5,000.

Mrs Raper finally escaped Iraq in 1991 but only after suffering imprisonment, torture and rape. She has been burnt by one of Saddam's chemical bombs, and she has been anxious to tell Mr Galloway about her experiences with the dictator, whom the MP has visited eight times, once telling him: "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability."

Mrs Raper, a teacher who lives in north London, first came to prominence when she appeared on BBC'S Question Time and berated Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the columnist, for her anti-war views. "She should be grateful that as an Asian immigrant she has a British passport and not an Iraqi one," she said, to approval from the studio audience.

She turned her sights on Mr Galloway last week when the MP called on British troops not to fight and urged Arab leaders to "stand by the Iraqi people". He described Tony Blair and George Bush as "wolves" and said: "The soldiers are lions led by donkeys, sent to kill and be killed."

Mrs Raper was keen to make him hear her views. Despite his many appearances on anti-war platforms and in the media, however, the Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin was elusive.

Mr Galloway refused to meet Mrs Raper when she initially asked, through The Telegraph, if he would agree to a formal interview to discuss Saddam's treatment of the Kurds.

So, like all good activists, she went to his Westminster office to question him informally. Mr Galloway ducked down into an underground passage when he saw her waiting and drove off in his Mercedes.

Mrs Raper tried another tack. She went to visit him at his three-storey house in south London. Mr Galloway didn't answer her taps on the door, although his car was parked in the driveway. Through his front window his love of Iraqi artefacts were plainly visible - a large urn encircled with Koranic inscriptions took pride of place in the fireplace; his hookah pipe stood, recently used, next to the large sofa.

Finally, he answered his home telephone. "I am very suspicious of you," he told Mrs Raper, when she explained her situation. She said that yes, she could provide proof that she was Iraqi, and he finally agreed to a meeting. "OK, come to my office on Monday," he said, before adding: "On second thoughts, don't."

Mr Galloway supports direct action such as marches on Number 10 or the US embassy, although his view is very different when it is his stance that is under scrutiny. "What do you want to talk to me about?" he barked.

"I just want to ask you about Saddam Hussein's human rights record," said Mrs Raper. "As a Western politician, have you ever tried to discuss this in Iraq?"

"I don't have to answer that question," said Mr Galloway defiantly, before adding: "Don't you dare contact me again. If you go to my house again I will have you thrown out and call the police."

The line went dead as Mr Galloway hung up. Perhaps it wasn't so hard to see why Mr Galloway gets on so well with the Butcher of Baghdad.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: galloway; georgegalloway; iraq; kurds; uk

1 posted on 04/06/2003 5:55:07 AM PDT by alnitak
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To: alnitak
Where evil is concerned, the self-deception of the left is bottomless.

Welcome to FR, always good to have our cousins from across the pond in attendance.

2 posted on 04/06/2003 6:01:52 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: alnitak
Does this surprise anyone? Anti-war is pro-Saddam, and pro-Saddam means anti-human rights; so anti-war = anti-human rights... I thought these liberal idiots were the ones guarding civil liberties/rights and campaigning for the spread of human rights throughout the world. Or at least thats the perception they try to give off. But when it comes down to it Conservatives are the ones trying to spread freedom and human rights throughout the world, trying to give people civil rights and liberties. Well heres another liberal lie exposed more clearly.
3 posted on 04/06/2003 6:06:11 AM PDT by n1f2ns
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To: Tijeras_Slim
You know, when I think about many of the views and attitudes that have been expressed by the left I cannot help but think how divorced from reality they have become. Yet they continue to hold these views, despite being intelligent people. Why?

A quote from Frank Herbert's "Dune" comes to mind: "When a person has worked to become one thing, he will destroy himself rather than become its opposite".

We're dealing with a group of people that cannot face admitting that their entire worldview is just plain wrong, it would destroy them psychologically.
4 posted on 04/06/2003 6:09:28 AM PDT by alnitak
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To: alnitak
Galloway
5 posted on 04/06/2003 6:14:34 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: alnitak
"Evil comes back to the evildoer.", and I suspect Mr. Galloway will indeed succumb to this Arabic saying.
6 posted on 04/06/2003 6:25:35 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: alnitak
The religion of the left is ideology and politics. A matter of faith not reason. It allows them to believe themselves better and more enlightened than the mass of humanity.
7 posted on 04/06/2003 6:26:26 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Robert DeLong
Follow the Money!
8 posted on 04/06/2003 6:29:55 AM PDT by UKCajun
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Never try to reason, barter, compromise or co-exist with the Left. It is futile, because the Left only seeks power and control at all costs.

The Left can only be vanquished.

9 posted on 04/06/2003 6:32:34 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (To smash the ugly face of Socialism is our mission)
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To: MadIvan
What can you tell us about this hideous excuse for manhood?
10 posted on 04/06/2003 6:32:52 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: alnitak
You hit the nail on the head. These idiots can't live in the real world as the rest of us. They have an extreme fear that their fantasies are not real.

BTW, welcome to FreeRepublic..

11 posted on 04/06/2003 6:34:45 AM PDT by Cacique
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To: alnitak
Its not about human-rights w the left...its about preserving Socialism and Communism

Saddam's Ba'ath Party is Socialist....the so called anti-war proetstors are Socialist/Commie and/or backed by such groups. This is the real reason. It is not anti-war...its about preserving another socialist

Kudos to Mrs Raper for her persistence.....and I do hope she knows that there are a lot of people in the UK and US who are well aware of Saddam's brutality towards the Kurds
12 posted on 04/06/2003 6:37:18 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Our Troops....Our Heroes)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
It is dangerous to be reasonable with stupid people.
13 posted on 04/06/2003 6:45:18 AM PDT by sigmet1
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To: Enduring Freedom
Agree.

"... drawn lines in the sand change with the winds of war..."

The present democRat party is as stable as the ring of fire and faults surrounding the Pacific Rim. Their political and social justice mantra has tried to reach reality.

It has not, and never will.

It has been pronounced "inoperative and dead" by those of us who are still able to fog an mirror and understand (and read) history.

Mustang sends from "Malpaso" News.
14 posted on 04/06/2003 7:13:32 AM PDT by Mustang (Evil Thrives When Good People Do Nothing!)
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To: alnitak
I hope someone punches him in the nose.
15 posted on 04/06/2003 7:18:26 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
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To: alnitak
Galloway's Email address is...

george.galloway@btinternet.com

And here's some information from the The Guardian:

Telephone numbers:

House of Commons Phone number: 020 7219 4084

House of Commons Fax number: 020 7219 2879

Constituency Phone number: 0141 357 2073

Constituency Fax number: 0141 357 2073

Addresses:

Constituency

8a Parkgrove Terrace

Glasgow G3 7ST

Have fun, Freepers!!!

16 posted on 04/06/2003 7:18:59 AM PDT by Carthago delenda est (Hillary must be destroyed.)
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To: alnitak

17 posted on 04/06/2003 7:32:55 AM PDT by geedee
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Where evil is concerned, the self-deception of the left is bottomless.

I think it is merely the professional courtesy that Stalinist's extend to each other. The problem for them is that the rest of us have broken their code and now we recognize one clearly every time they talk, whether it is Sadam, this MP, or Barbara Boxer.

18 posted on 04/06/2003 7:36:53 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
The problem for them is that the rest of us have broken their code and now we recognize one clearly every time they talk.

They all sound the same. It is a technique they use to try to frame the debate and eliminate the need for critical thought.

19 posted on 04/06/2003 7:42:20 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: alnitak
Perhaps it wasn't so hard to see why Mr Galloway gets on so well with the Butcher of Baghdad.

The Brits responsible for electing this guy should take a look in the mirror.

20 posted on 04/06/2003 7:44:46 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: alnitak
Mrs Raper had spent much of the week trying to catch up with the Left-wing Labour MP to discuss his anti-war pro-Saddam stance. The last 48 hours had, in particular, been frustrating as the MP assiduously avoided her efforts to speak to him.

She turned her sights on Mr Galloway last week when the MP called on British troops not to fight and urged Arab leaders to "stand by the Iraqi people". He described Tony Blair and George Bush as "wolves" and said: "The soldiers are lions led by donkeys, sent to kill and be killed."

Mrs Raper was keen to make him hear her views. Despite his many appearances on anti-war platforms and in the media, however, the Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin was elusive.

So, like all good activists, she went to his Westminster office to question him informally. Mr Galloway ducked down into an underground passage when he saw her waiting and drove off in his Mercedes.

Does anyone other than me see the story line from Animal Farm in all this? "Remember all animals are equal it's just that some animals are more equal than others."

21 posted on 04/06/2003 8:06:23 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: alnitak
Despite his many appearances on anti-war platforms and in the media, however, the Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin was elusive.

Mr Galloway ducked down into an underground passage when he saw her waiting and drove off in his Mercedes.

Mrs Raper tried another tack. She went to visit him at his three-storey house in south London. Mr Galloway didn't answer her taps on the door, although his car was parked in the driveway.


LOL, this article demonstrates how far the cowards (liberals) will go to avoid THE TRUTH.

First in their creed:  "thou shall not let any FACT disrupt your ALTER REALITY".

22 posted on 04/06/2003 8:40:03 AM PDT by GirlShortstop
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
I hope someone punches him in the nose.

The line forms behind John Malkovich.

23 posted on 04/06/2003 9:23:35 AM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian (No more will we pretend that our desire/For liberty is number-cold and has no fire.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Hitler was as much of a socialist as Saddam. Why does the left despise Hitler so much?
24 posted on 04/23/2003 8:16:57 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: Mister Baredog; MadIvan; Badabing Badaboom
Roy Jenkins lost this seat to Galloway in 1987. How was someone as far left-wing as Galloway able to get the nod from the Labour Party at the time? And why did the voters choose him over the very well-known Jenkins?
25 posted on 04/23/2003 8:21:27 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: SandRat
Orwell was a Brit, right? No doubt the reporter writing this story has ready Orwell in the past. Thanks for pointing this out, although the theme was familiar.

What I wonder is if Jerry Nadler can be hanged, or will he just break the rope.

26 posted on 04/27/2003 4:02:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
What I wonder is if Jerry Nadler can be hanged, or will he just break the rope.

Remember that a lot of people refer to Nadler as Jabba the Butt. I suspect that "the Butt" will in the end suffer at the hands of the voters and then the massive coronary infarction.

27 posted on 04/27/2003 5:39:23 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: muawiyah
....and how did we get shifted from a discussion thread with literary allegories on Orwell with political commentary needling in a friendly way a British Labourite MP to Jerry Nadler?
28 posted on 04/27/2003 5:49:04 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: alnitak; hellinahandcart
Here's a good one we missed somehow.
29 posted on 06/05/2003 10:32:59 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: alnitak

The only thing I want to know is.........why isn't this sphinctre in prison???


30 posted on 08/27/2005 5:23:17 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: SandRat
Didn't Nadler have his stomach stapled?

And, if so, is he still Jabba the Butt? And, if so, HOW?

31 posted on 08/27/2005 5:26:36 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: RightOnline
Perhaps this woman could get an interview with Jane Fonda and full court press as the tour begins here in America.

This man is dispicable...and probably profited in the oil for food program.

WIsh there were a way to get this article to jane, a woman whose mind refused to develop.

32 posted on 08/27/2005 5:30:52 AM PDT by Republic
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To: alnitak
Wow. Confronted by one small woman armed only with questions, Galloway runs away like a frightened little kindergarten girl.
33 posted on 08/27/2005 5:48:19 AM PDT by Sal (Jamie Gorelick--a major Omissioner in the 9/11 Omission.)
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