Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Monday, August 08, 2005

Then they came for George Galloway...

Blair's new proposed legislation against 'extremism' is another massive attack on civil liberties, the Muslim community and freedom of speech in general. 'Condoning', 'justifying' or 'glorifying' acts of terrorism will become criminal offences as Britain gets its own version of the Orwellian sounding 'Patriot Act'. But one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter. And equally, one person's freedom fighter is another's terrorist. Perhaps Max Hastings will be prosecuted for defending those who ordered the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima? Max Hastings in the Guardian last week played down President Truman's need to counter the imperial ambitions of the Soviet Union in the Far East as the key motive for this act of terror that killed 140,000 innocent people sixty years ago. No, it is not military historians who casually condone, justify and glorify the deaths of millions in wars, still less those politicians who wage such wars today who will be targetted. Blair is coming for Muslims and anyone like Galloway who dares to speak the truth to power. New Labour promised us a 'New Britain' - they are building us a police state.

For an interesting interview with George Galloway, see here

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