Monday, April 26, 2010

CBC Morning Humor Show - George Galloway Version

The CBC called it a news report, but it was pretty funny, largely because of its trembling adherence to the Galloway side of the story, as Galloway's lawyer bids today to have a Federal Court rule against Canadian Immigration's letter to him, apparently elicited by Galloway's staff, suggesting that as a terrorist supporter, he was likely ineligible for admission to Canada.
The buffonery starts with the assertion that he was turned back on an attempt to enter Canada. This is NOT what happened, as Terry Glavin points out over and over again, in particular here, where he corrects Christopher Hitchens, who credulously reads Canadian media.
In his letter, Orr noted that Galloway was not expected to make his Canadian appointments before March 30, and so he extended to Galloway the further courtesy of inviting him to make a submission to address his preliminary assessment of inadmissibility. The alternative would be that a Border Services Agency official might find himself obliged to make a final determination at some border crossing, informed only by the preliminary assessment, but without the benefit of a submission from Galloway himself. Orr also suggested an alternative to Galloway, to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, but he also showed Galloway the further kindness of letting him know that it would be unlikely that such an application would succeed.
Instead of proceeding as he was so politely invited, Galloway had a Canadian law firm dash off a letter to Orr that included a citation from Galloway's Wikipedia entry, a denial that he was a member of Hamas, a complaint about Ottawa's affections for Israel, and several other subject-changing diversions. The letter did not deny (because it could not deny) what Galloway had openly boasted of doing.
Galloway hasn't even tried to enter Canada, remember. Instead, he has taken the opportunity to combine with his Canadian admirers to exploit the gullibility and general slovenliness of the press in order to tell a pack of lies, monger a lurid conspiracy theory about a secret plot hatched in Ottawa to silence critics of Canada’s engagements in Afghanistan, fabricate a free-speech controversy, and blame it all on the Jews.
Perish the thought that anyone report the actual story!
To add to the humor, the CBC 'News' called Galloway a peace activist, a description so ludicrous that only someone wilfully determined to side with Galloway could use it.
To further get me laughing, they cite Jason Kenney, and then make an assertion about the existence of some -mails, which assertion is implied to contradict Kenney but does nothing of the sort.
To really get me rolling they quote Galloway that his donation to Hamas was humanitarian aid. This is almost as silly as calling Galloway a 'peace activist', as I suspect to less gullible audiences Galloway provides more accurate self-descriptions. Glavin again:
Fiction, reported in the Globe and Mail: "I didn’t give any money to Hamas, I gave it to the ministry of health in Gaza to pay for the salaries of the doctors and nurses who hadn’t been paid. By the way, we’re talking about 20 odd thousand pounds, not millions. It’s a symbolic donation. I gave it to the ministry of health in Gaza and I’m proud to have done so."
Fact, by Galloway's own admission, broadcast on several Arab television stations: "I, now, here, on behalf of myself, my sister Yvonne Ridley, and the two Respect councillors – Muhammad Ishtiaq and Naim Khan – are giving three cars and 25,000 pounds in cash to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Here is the money. This is not charity. This is politics." Not charity, but politics. Not to "doctors and nurses who hadn’t been paid," but to the Hamas gangster "Prime Minister" Ismail Haniyeh who, in fact, is not and was not the Prime Minister of Palestine.
I'm grateful for the CBC's determination to continue providing comedy shows on the radio, even if in a subtly masked form.

Now personally, I don't much care whether Galloway enters the country. He needs an audience, I expect, as I imagine only Islamists listen to him in the UK, and maybe not so much them even. Last time he was here he had Jack Layton and Olivia Chow watching, and studiously not repudiating the clown publicly (I asked my local NDP MPP to check this out). No doubt he'll have similarly silly people in his audience, lapping up his lies and bombast, and that makes for great entertainment. He'll just whip up the usual suspects, and they are able to whip themselves up without his help.

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At 12:05 PM, Blogger faceless said...

"To add to the humor, the CBC 'News' called Galloway a peace activist, a description so ludicrous that only someone wilfully determined to side with Galloway could use it."

Is him being one of the leading figures in the Stop The War Coalition not relevant?

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

No, since he is entirely happy to support other wars, and always has been. He is just against wars he thinks his pals might lose.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger faceless said...

So why would he still be so viciferously against the illegal war in Iraq if he was only concerned with this 'pals'. From that I guess you mean Saddam, right?

And who are his pals in Afghanistan? I'll tell you who they are - they're the people who were part of the socialist system which the Mujahedin (with US and UK support) deposed in the mid 70s.

So why would he be against the Afghanistan war if the people being attacked are the people who are the legacy of the destruction of the socialist system there?

Could it be that he recognises the difference between a just war and an illegal invasion? And can you not see the same thing?

Galloway's never claimed to be a pacifist btw - he often referred to that on his radio show. Of course, as I was a listener I must be an Islamist... right?

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Yes Galloway does recall that the worst day in his life was the collapse of the Soviet Union, so yeah, commies are his buddies. Not mine.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger faceless said...

So, you're not going to answer any of the points I made, but stick to glib, archaic, buzzwords instead?

I'll leave you to it then.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Sorry, I don't get the difference. The buzzword 'Communist' is not archaic to Galloway; it remains his life.
I certainly have my views on 'just war' and its opposite. They are unlikely to be yours and I doubt dialogue would matter much; it certainly normally does not with Galloway fans, while I do find I can debate in other subcultures.
And no I do not infer that you are an Islamist (cannot figure out why you would toss that out), though it does strike me as interesting that you feel the need to be apparently anonymous.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger faceless said...

you really like labelling people eh?

Galloway is not a communist, ok? The very idea is laughable. Why do you think he is? Is your perception based entirely on that one (out of context) line about the Soviet Union?

I see a just war as one which observes the Geneva Conventions. If you think differently to that then you support war criminals.

Any soldier or politician who supports the system whereby an illegal war can be waged are war criminals. Of course, people like that only believe in justice when it reflects their twisted mentalities.

But I'm intrigued as to why you think the war in Iraq is justified. The amount of people killed by the sanctions before the war, the invasion itself, along with the deliberate chaos that was fuelled, has killed more innocent people than Saddam ever did.

What's just about that?

Just as an aside, Winston Churchill was the first to order the gassing of the Kurds, during WWI.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

I think an easier approach to this is that you point to a non-anonymous blog and make your case arguing against me on that - you can actually start one - takes ten minutes. Continuing to post anonymously here is simply trolling, and rather stupidly; you do not give any credit to the best of Galloway's supporters, though they are a sorry bunch too.
You can start out on that blog, where I might happily comment non-anonymously (as I write this blog) by responding to my saying even more than above - Galloway is a classic Stalinist. Future comments not meeting above requirements will be rejected. Sorry - it is pointless dealing with anonymous trolls on the Internet.
My guess is bye-bye. You don't have the guts to follow up.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Hey faceless - I have figured out who you are! You are one of those moles, that the CAIR said, were planted to make Islam look bad, like the total jerk that cause Comedy Central to go Cowardly Central. Have I exposed you? At least that guy's name we know.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger faceless said...

I'm not anonymous, I'm faceless. And if you check my profile you can see my homepage.

What you'll find when you do that is that I run an archive of media regarding George Galloway.

Maybe you should try listening to or watching some of it before you attempt to post a load of trite, regurgitated, false, nonsense in future.

All the best.


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