Galloway-Palast pissing contest

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In May of 2005, in his testimony before Congress, George Galloway, Honorable Member of the British Parliament, electrified millions by holding the US Senate's collective feet to the fire for their hypocrisy on Iraq. Specifically in response to Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, Galloway said: "Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies."

Galloway now has a little book published by the New Press that includes his famous testimony, and is barnstorming the U.S. generating excitement with his sharp tongue and strong stance.

Dubbed "Gorgeous George," according to the Guardian, "because of his expensive suits and charmer's ways," the maverick Scot was "thrown out of the Labour Party in 2003 after accusing Tony Blair and George Bush of invading Iraq 'like wolves.'"

Despite or maybe because of his newfound popularity, Galloway has provoked the ire of Greg Palast, another sharp-tongued lefty favorite who has taken offense to all the attention Galloway has been getting.

Palast has lambasted Galloway for any number of "crimes" including cozying up to Saddam Hussein, and personally profiting from the "oil for food" program.

Of course, Galloway hasn't met an enemy he didn't love to skewer and takes after Palast with robust enthusiasm. We have his words courtesy of ZNet: 6 "Having now forced myself to look at his pernicious writing, it seems like the deranged ramblings you might expect to find pushed out from under the door of a locked ward. He claims to be a journalist. He clearly doesn't get much work."

Galloway continues: "Palast conflates meetings, truths and half-truths, statements taken out of context to produce a toxic smear which would be actionable in the country he claims to work in, my country. How many times do I have to respond to the ravings of guttersnipes?"

Now, despite Palast's protestations, it would be wonderful if Gorgeous George were the perfect hero, but wait: there is a bit of a fly in that ointment. It seems that Mr. Galloway is a rather strong anti-choice guy. He tells the Guardian: "I have religious beliefs and try to live by them." "I have all my life been against abortion and against euthanasia.... I am not surprised if my position on these issues strikes a chord."

Well, of course political men are entitled to their religious/political beliefs. But I'm sorry. In my mind, this pretty much disqualifies George as the new political hero of the moment. A women's right to protect her own body is far too important to try to dismiss Galloway's stance as a minor problem, as some have tried. I love all that wonderful passion on Iraq, but Galloway will just have to stay in the very large pack of less than heroes.

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