Keep out Let in the trash

So, the lefty bloggers are rushing to the barricades to stand up for an anti-Western, pro-Islamist, corrupt, authoritarian neo-fascist. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning.
But some bloggers on my side of the aisle, including Jonathan Kay, Rob Breakenridge and Brigitte Pellerin, are also critical of the Canadian government’s decision to keep George Galloway out of the country. Pellerin, in my opinion, makes the best argument:

I believe it’s a mistake to keep him out. Only makes him into a “progressive” hero. Also, having previously done something that would be illegal in Canada but that was not “bad enough” (if you’ll pardon the expression) to lead to his arrest should not be enough to keep him out. If the fear is that he’ll do something illegal while in Canada, like raise funds for Hamas, then let him in, follow him closely, and nab his sorry derrière the minute he strays into illegal territory.
Evil does not go away when we shield our little eyes and ears from it. I worry that banning him will allow Canadians to think we’re now safe from his sort of nonsense, and that would be a very bad mistake indeed.

I haven’t changed my mind on this issue, exactly, but this is a fair point. Aside from a few on the far-left fringe, and Galloway-watchers like myself, had even heard of this guy until he was kept out of the country?
Jon Kay has a great idea, too:

…Sic Christopher Hitchens on the guy.

Damian P.

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13 thoughts on “Keep out Let in the trash

  1. What exactly was Galloway’s purported reason for his visit to Canada? I can’t see him coming here for any reason other than mischief.

  2. No! It’s time to push back; take a principled stand and stick to it. Ban Galloway. Raise his profile so that the uninformed and his acolytes are forced to publicly explain away ‘oil for money’ and the stench of all Galloway’s antics.
    Let him in and it’ll be just another Mazola oil party for the left.

  3. Keeping Galloway out was the right decision, based on his actions not merely his words, odious though they may be. The faux outrage across the Internet strikes me as having the stench of the Liberal war room as an underpinning driver.

  4. If he comes, ship him back to England on the next El Al flight, preferably one with ultra-Orthodox or IDF types on board.

  5. “The faux outrage across the Internet strikes me as having the stench of the Liberal war room as an underpinning driver.”
    Do you read the newspaper? Are you aware of the “actual” Liberal response to his banning?

  6. “So, the lefty bloggers are rushing to the barricades to stand up for an anti-Western, pro-Islamist, corrupt, authoritarian neo-fascist. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning.”
    You know what is hilarious? We’re in the middle east supposed to be, like, you know, teaching all those Arabs about democracy and stuff he donated money to the political party that was legitimately elected. And we ban him.
    Oh and of course, the all lefties love authoritarian islamic types, charming, just charming. Your encyclopedic command of historical fact is matched only by your wit and reasoning skills.

  7. I also think it is hilarious that this is one of the blogs that threw hissy fits at Mark Steyn’s human rights tribunal. Freedom of speech, it would appear, is the last refuge of a soundrel.

  8. As long as we have troops in the field fighting Islamic terrorists, we have every right, indeed every obligation to keep their political toadies out of the country.
    the families of the fallen deserve the respect that comes with not supporting our enemies.
    Galloway should get the Mosley treatment at home.

  9. “As long as we have troops in the field fighting Islamic terrorists, we have every right, indeed every obligation to keep their political toadies out of the country. ”
    Freedom of speech for people who agree with the government. How very Conservative.

  10. “Freedom of speech for people who agree with the government. How very Conservative.”
    As usual, SLM, you miss the point – Galloway’s freedom of speech is unaffected by this; it’s his freedom of entry that’s in question. In any event, I agree with letting the miserable old blowhard into Canada – if only because he is an elected member of the legislature of an important ally, not to mention in the hope that he will actually do something illegal in Canada (ie, attempt to raise funds for a banned terrorist organization), at which point, we can toss him in the slammer

  11. Well, it’s a bit silly to ban a visitor from visiting — no matter how ridiculously pathetic his views — yet have a government which in its mediocrity allows thousands of unsavory people to permanently settle here.
    I’m referring to reports that Khaled Mouamma, president of the Canadian Arab Federation, not only was a refugee vetter, and that in 10 years he didn’t reject a single refugee from the Middle East, but that our government didn’t notice what this peculiar fellow was doing for a decade.
    This ticks me off more than the case of that buffoon Galloway, of whom I got more than my fill while I worked in London.

  12. Galloway is of course not pro-Islamist or a neo-fascist. At a townhall meeting in 2005, while campaigning for his seat in London, al-ghuarabaa took over the site, and locked him and his daughter in a room, threatening to hang him for misleading Muslim youth and calling for Muslim participation in British democracy. Nor is he corrupt. Every single court case brought against him has resulted him in winning . The problem with big government conservatives like Damian Penny is that they are reflexively pro government, not anti government. Proclaiming themselves to be anti-government and anti-interventionists, penny and his ilk have supported the greatest expansion of federal police state power in Canadian history, while also lending support to government interference half a world away. It is you that is the fascist, penney, not the great and glorious George Galloway.
    FYI, the bulbous drunk chris hitchens found Saddam to be the greatest Arab visionary since Nasser.

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