From a Globe and Mail story on free-speech activist George Galloway:
Though he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail last week that civilized countries don’t bar people for their views, he has in the past advocated barring both French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen and anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders from Britain.
“Freedom of speech is not an absolute,” he said about Mr. Wilders in February.
…the Conservative Government has been in lock step with the Israel Lobby in demonizing this movement.
When did we elect the Israel lobby as our government?
When did Canada become Israel’s colony?
The JDL (Jewish Defense League) has taken taken credit for lobbying the government to block Mr. Galloway’s entry.
Is that last comment yours, Dawg?
Update: Rob Breakenridge adds that Galloway is a supporter of Sudan’s genocidal government, too. Lovely fellow. (Note that the video comes from Gorgeous George’s call-in show on…Press TV, the Iranian pseudo-news channel. Suddenly, I have a new appreciation for Red Eye.)
Breakenridge still thinks banning Galloway from Canada has backfired badly, though:
This has turned out to be a publicity gift to the man and has given him far more attention than he would have received otherwise. If we were worried about people taking an interest in what George Galloway has to say, then it would appear as though that effort has backfired.
I still believe that keeping out this fascist traitor was correct in principle, but I must reluctantly agree that this mess has worked out pretty well for Galloway – who drew a sparse crowd in New York City, according to Harry’s Place:
Given his reception in New York, it may have been wiser for Canadian authorities to allow George Galloway into the country, let him spout off for a few days, and make sure that he leaves.
Galloway attracted an audience of only about 100 when he spoke at Columbia University in New York last night. That included stringers for The Toronto Star and The Vancouver Sun, who almost certainly wouldn’t have been there otherwise.
The banning from Canada has turned what certainly would have been a quickly-forgotten tour into a cause celebre– much to Galloway’s delight, I’m sure.