Sunday, May 22, 2005


The big brave American Senators both Republican and Democratic, decided to go after a foe of Tony Blair, a man kicked out of the Labour Party for being too contentious. America has not real Parlimentary debates, the debates are usually droning speeches or in this week's case, hysterical hyperventilation and accusations without much charge to them. The art of really debating languishes here, note the vapidity and tenuous nature of "presidential" debates here. Truly depressing.

Into this hot house of weak kneed rhetoric strode a man who uses words like swordsmen use blades: as a duelling weapon.

The Senate decided to attack him as if they were lawyers in a trial. They thought they could frame "yes/no" questions and get him to stammer as he would try to refine blunt (and frankly stupid) questions. Of course, far from that, he attacked back, asking them why they voted for war with scant knowledge of the facts, why they weren't investigating Tony and Georgie over the startling memo that showed both conspiring to create war no matter what. He asked them about their financial messes and basically threw the baby, the bath water and the kitchen sink right back at them. When the Democrat, a Zionist who believes his favorite ethnic group has the right to displace natives in Palestine, attacked Galloway over his loud support of the Palestinian cause, he flung back at him the accusation that Levin, not he, is the biased man who supports only one side in that miserable situation.

Because he dared to talk back and discuss the unmentionables, the Senate decided to pull a Stalinesque move: they deliberately deleted all his testimony from the record!

Cute, no?
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2005
The website for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs has removed testimony from UK MP George Galloway from its website. All other witness testimonies for the hearings on the Oil for Food scandal are available on the Committee's website in PDF form. But Galloway's testimony is the only document not on the site.

"I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him," Galloway told the Committee. "The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns."

Press representatives for the Committee had no comment.

Brave, brave Sir Senators!

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