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Friday, August 18, 2006


The full transcript of George Galloway hammering a Sky News presenter a few days back is available here, but I will put up the end of it:

'Sky News presenter: I want to ask you one final question. Do you think that the the four weeks as we've seen that you've mention, the 28 days of this crisis, has set back Hezbollah's ambitions, not only on Israeli soldiers on the border...

Galloway: Hezbollah is winning the war you've just reported...

Sky: Let me finish! Let me finish! Would you mind let me finish, please! Not only on Israeli soldiers over the borders in sizable numbers but also there claims to be a good political organization to help a democratic Lebanese government with the Syrians who've also now left, an independent state. That's also come to blows as well!

Galloway: What a silly question! What a silly person you are! Hezbolah is winning the war, you could see on the other half of the screen. Hezbollah is more popular today...

Sky: (interrupting) That does not answer my question!

Galloway: Hezbollah is more popular today in Lebanon amongst Christians, amongst Sunnis, amongst Shiite, amongst all Arabs, amongst all Muslims that it has ever been! It's Israel who's lost the war, and Bush and Blair for politically organizing the war who've lost politically. This is a defeat of Bush and Blair and Israel. Everybody but you can see it!

Sky: Let me separate out that question then. Is it a setback given that Hezbollah was set up in order to get Israeli soldiers off Lebanese soil, but there are now more [Israeli] soldiers on Lebanese soil than there were 26 days ago?

Galloway: Well, they seem to be getting a bloody good hiding on the other side of the screen I am watching. Maybe you can't see it, but I'm watching them getting a bloody good hiding! So, if that's a success, I'm not sure what failure would look like! The reality is that this conflict would go on. The United Nations resolutions solve nothing! Gives Lebanon nothing! Gives prisoners in Israeli dungeons nothing! And as [Anne Clywd MP] my erstwhile colleague was just saying, Israel has just kidnapped even more Palestinian politicians, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, and thousands of others held in Israeli dungeons. This war will continue until the overall settlement is reached. That settlement must mean Israel withdrawal from all occupied territories that it currently hold since the war in 1967, the release of all political prisoners, and a state for the Palestinians with East Jerusalem as its Capital. No justice, no peace! You're not going out as a newscaster in Jerusalem anytime soon, believe me.

Sky: Well, as usual it prompted a huge email response for and against you Mr Galloway, so we'll leave it there. I have to say that some people might find it offensive when more families are mourning their dead to hear you say that it was a bloody good fight and so!

Galloway: You don't give a damn! You don't even know about the Palestinian families! You don't even know that they exist! Tell me the name of one member of the seven members of the same family swatted on the beach in Gaza by an Israeli warship! You don't even know their name, but you know the name of every Israeli soldier who've been taken prisoner in this conflict because you believe whether you know it or not that Israeli blood is more valuable than that the blood of Lebanese or Palestinian! That's the truth! And the discerning of your viewers already know it!'

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At 6:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Galloway - I reckon he is one of the great voices of our time and I think he will be remembered in the history books as one of the great voices of common sense in this age...

At 5:32 pm, Blogger morbo said...

Bam! hahah


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