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Bulls-eye

George Galloway reveals some home truths about the Middle East to an unsuspecting Sky News audience.

30 comments ↪
  • smiths

    although i diverge on a few small points with george,
    i thought this performance was fantastic,
    especially the bit at the end where he hits her with the challenge to name one of the palestinians killed on the beach,
    and explicitly states the nature of the deep bias that exists,
    brilliant stuff

  • Don't try to mess with a Scotsman! If only some of Australia's politicians had as much balls of Galloway. I'm intrigued to see if Sky news ask him back in the future.

  • Addamo_01

    George cerainyl ripped Sky a new one did't he?

    I almost felt sorry for the bimbo giving him the interview.

    What Israel is nwo getting away with is purely deranged and wanton. They shelled a refugee camp today (just to prove that the Gaza beach incident was not a fluke after all). They are now declaring that they will bomb all vehicles in South Lebanon, so refugees are forced to either stay behind or risk being bombed to death, or to walk hundreds of miles to God knows where.

    According to the Red Cross, Israeli has denied permission for aid groups to move food and medicine to villages in southern Lebanon for two days now.

    And futhermore, after spitting venom at Annan for daring to suggest the attack on the UN offices was intended, Israel has warned that it wil bomb UN workers if they try to repair brodges in the South of Lebanon.

    Israel knows no limits or restraint or humanity. Even Nazi Germany woudl have made an effort to hide it's barbarism. Israel instead simply flaunts it.

    Little wonder war crimes charges are being laid against Peretz, Olmert and Blair.

  • Addamo_01

    BTW.

    I just came across this interesting video of Jackie Mason (as Jewsih as you can get) defending Mel Gibson.

    He makes some very interesting arguments and really does make a mockery of those who have engrossed themselves in baching Gibson even after his pious appology.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gct84oE5DEE

  • Roonaldo

    George made some very strong points, but it's pity that he also came across as a bit of a bully. Granted, he was asked sume dumb questions, but the manner of his response was not the best. I understand he has cause to be very angry but, on television, it is often best to stay calm and attack the argument not the interviewer.

  • viva peace

    smiths

    OMG! You are too hysterical. Surely, the real question is why the so-called Palestinians have been given such mediaq saturation for well over a generation given that their ongoing tawdriness ranks very, very low in the annales of 20th century history.

  • orang

    You know you may be right viva – maybe it's Israeli hysteria at work?

  • Roonaldo

    Yes! Lieberman has lost the Democratic nomination in Connecticut. Now I guess the IDF will start bombing Connecticut or imprisoning the winner.

  • Captain

    Well, George did earn the money that Saddam gave him.

  • Suze

    Oh, you mean this money

    That was the Daily telegraph- not owned by Saddam surely?

  • orang

    I see they've been refering to their notes again..

    page 32, para 3

    "If the topic of George Galloway comes up, immediately smear his name with the cash from Saddam"

  • Captain

    George did a pretty good job of that himself. Being on Saddam's payroll is something that should make someone question his credibility.

  • Suze

    Oh this is tiresome, but if you won't read, then I'm forced to quote the above report of the court ruling

    The Daily Telegraph will pay George Galloway £150,000 in libel damages after announcing that it will not appeal to have the award overturned.

    The court of appeal ruled that the MP was entitled to the damages after the paper wrongly alleged he had received money from Saddam Hussein's regime.

  • Buz

    Excuse me, Viva Peace, you called the Palestinians "so called Palestinians", like they are a supposebly a real state or, supposebly are a real people". The Palestinian people are the indigenous people of the land, the same way the aborignial people are of this land, do we say the 'so called aboriginals'?

    Get your facts right, viva peace.

    What George Galloway said 110% right. IF hezbollah are considered a 'terrorist organisation', then why isnt the Israeli Army a terrorist organisation also? Do you not call what the israeli army have been doing to the Palestinian people for decades, terrorism, or is it just simply an enforcement of the law?

  • JohD

    Jackie Mason is one decent bloke – bravo!

  • Addam

    Being on Saddam’s payroll is something that should make someone question his credibility.

    Do you have any evidence of this Captain?

    Didn't think so.

  • M.Mayes

    You know something, clearly all the people who Captain and co. (hell all the zionist think tanks and all else) call Anti-semites and whatnot are not these things… I gotta say though after hearing the shit that comes out of their mouths in the name of Israel has really gotta create a fucking lot of Anti-semites.

    Captain I am sorry it had to come to this but if you actually believe the things that you post here, you are a derranged fucking moron.

    There is about as much point arguing with you and viva as there is a fucking 5 year old kid who wants fucking chocolate from the supermarket. I hope you can go to sleep feeling that you have actually accomplished anything from the things you have said because then at least someone will have gotten some benefit from you saying it.

    P.S Kudos to George Galloway

  • Addamo

    I totally agree M.Mayes,

    Viva and Captain are clearly pushing shit up hill. Neither is remotely interested in engaging in discussion, but simply making noise – which they are entitled to of course.

    If they are the least bit motivated by a desire to enlighten others to their position, they are failing miserably.

  • Captain

    I suppose all those chummy photos of Galloway meeting with this evil dictator was also a fiction. How can you support a man who was on the side of an evil dictator who committed genocide against the Kurds?

    Being called a deranged fucking moron from a neo nazi is a badge of honour. Thank you.

  • Suze

    I suppose all those chummy photos of Galloway meeting with this evil dictator was also a fiction. How can you support a man who was on the side of an evil dictator who committed genocide against the Kurds?

    Being called a deranged fucking moron from a neo nazi is a badge of honour. Thank you.

    The Kurds were massacred while Saddam was being supported by the Bush-Blair double act- Galloway was one of the few who actively protested at the time.

    Lets try and keep it clean hey?

  • Addamo_01

    I suppose all those chummy photos of Galloway meeting with this evil dictator was also a fiction.

    Photos? Aren't you getting confused with the ones of Rumsfeld being chummy with Saddam?

    How can you support a man who was on the side of an evil dictator who committed genocide against the Kurds?

    He was NEVER on the side of Saddam. As he has said repeatedly, he was protesting against Saddam when the politicians nboth sides fo teh Atlantic considered Saddam a good guy remember? And since when dids anyone on the right give a shit abtou the Kurds until they ran out fo excuses to justify the Iraq invasion?

    Oh and BTW. The Turks are threatenign to go to war with the Kurds. I suppose we are goign to hear much hand wringing from you over that too? Or have the Kurds passed their used by date?

    Being called a deranged fucking moron from a neo nazi is a badge of honour. Thank you.

    Coming from someone who read Main Kampf? You are also a fascist and biggot, but hey, whatyever turns you on heir Captain.

  • viva peace

    Buz

    Oh please. The so-called "Palestinians" are nothing more than a propaganda prop. There has never been a unique people knwon as the "Palestinians." The poor wretches are merely southern Syrians who the Muslim world threw away. Be buggered if I know why people think Israel should have to clean up the Muslim mess.

  • M.Mayes

    Thats actually very interesting Captain I'm glad you brought up the whole support for Hussein thing.

    Firstly a photo of Saddam and Galloway doesnt say anything other than they have met (that mixed with the news piece saying he WASNT on saddam's payroll makes it pretty clear he wasnt in it with him)

    Secondly (as addamo mentioned) All the arms and whatnot that Saddam has… AMERICA sold them… so this business about Galloway and Saddam is pretty pety.

    Being called a deranged fucking moron from a neo nazi is a badge of honour. Thank you.

    If saying that made you feel good about yourself I applaud you. It just goes to emphasise my point (ie. you are a deranged fucking moron) given that you persist to call someone a neo-nazi, racist, anti-semite and yet still on request couldnt hope to present anything to support your claim.

    On the other hand If you want I could dig up a collection of quotes from you that would back up that you are a deranged fucking moron.

  • Bedhouin

    Viva,

    Umm.. The Palestinian people were the ones occupying the land then named Palestine. You know, the one ruled under British mandate since pre-holocaust 1920, recognised by the League of Nations.

    Of course that was only up until the Brits handed it over to the UN as a result of the terrorist activities of the zionist Hagannah, Irgun, and Stern Groups…

  • viva peace

    Bedhouin

    They were southern Syrian serfs who were subjects of the Ottomans. Please.

  • Bedhouin

    Viva,

    All of the middle-east and northern Africa were Ottoman serfs.

    Thank you.

  • viva peace

    Quite. Thank you for proving my point.

  • Bedhouin

    My first inclination is to say "you're welcome", but instead I'll have to opt for, "I'm sorry". You never really had a point in the first place.

    The Irish are subservient to the British in the United Kingdom but that doesn't make them any less Irish. It is still their land and their heritage.

    The Palestinians lived on that land under Ottoman rule, as did most of the peoples in that region. Most Israelis are European emigres. At some point through tomes of genealogy those emigres may have claimed to have lived in that region. But so too did Jesus, and so too did the ancestors of the Palestinians.

    If you want to dispute the sovereignty of middle eastern and north african nations because at some point in the past they were ruled by a foreign empire, then we had better tear down most international borders – including our own.

    The Palestinians have a longer history on their land than Australians do on "Terra Nullius". How odd, I would never have taken someone with your political leanings to be a Mabo advocate.

  • viva peace

    Bedhouin

    OMG. How much MORE propaganda can you swallow? Terra nullius? As if you would have even the first clue what it means!

  • Bedhouin

    Go back to sleep Viva…

    I do enjoy intelligent conversation, but your banal single statement rhetorts fall far short of the mark