Some fascists are more equal than others

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.

Via GayandRight. Sophisticated Globe and Mail readers, of course, know who the puppet masters are. (Hint: rhymes with “cruise.”)

…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?
Damian P.
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.

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15 thoughts on “Some fascists are more equal than others

  1. Damian:
    Canada as “Israel’s colony”? Gimme a break. You know better than that.
    It’s certainly true that the JDL has taken the credit for Galloway’s exclusion. In addition, the organization seems to have the ear of the current government recently, and speaks confidently enough of its influence there.
    But I don’t want to be hyper-partisan or anything. The mainstreaming of the JDL is taking place in other venues too:
    http://canadiancoalition.com/forum/messages/37345.shtml
    No conspiracy: just, as I’ve said in the comments at my place, a converging set of interests. Damned if I can tell Jason Kenney and Meir Weinstein apart these days, though: there’s a convergence of rhetoric as well.

  2. I’ll worry about Galloway’s free speech when the likes of Netanyahu can speak freely on our campuses and the cops allow a pro-Israeli presence at ant-Israel rallies.

  3. If this is supposed to be a good political move by Kenney, it is likely not to work. If the goal is to get Jews to vote for the CP, it is a losing proposition. Jews vote overwhelmingly for the Liberals in Canada and the Democrats in the US. Go figure. As individuals, most Jews vote as if Israel didn’t exist. Strange, but true.

  4. It’s a hoot watching the lib/dip coalition members whine about galloway not being allowed entry to spread his hate.But not a one as I remember said a word about the liberal government banning that criminal Martha Stewart who wanted to attend a pumpkin festival in Nova Scotia.

  5. “Netanyahu can speak freely”
    He did speak freely. People have the right to protest. Sadly, another worthless comment.

  6. “Galloway is a supporter of Sudan’s genocidal government”
    Now, that I didn’t know. Another reason for not losing a lot of sleep over this affair.

  7. Dan:
    Frankly I’m not much impressed with legalistic definitions of what does or doesn’t constitute “genocide” according to some statute or other. I think the Dinka would consider what’s been happening to them genocidal enough.

  8. Dr. Dawg,
    I agree more or less. Genocide or not, murder is murder, death is death, and innocent lives lost are innocent lives lost.
    The point I’m making is that you, and whoever authored that video, can attack Galloway based on him saying that it’s not genocide, yet all of Africa, the United Nations, and Amnesty International agree with him.
    So to essentially say that he is supporting genocide, as the video says, is just plain wrong.

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