Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Response to a specious claim

'Ah Ha!' they announce in triumph. George Galloway and his supporters must be hypocrites because Galloway supported keeping Dutch politician Geert Wilders out of England.

The differences between the two situations are night and day as anyone doing even a minimal amount of research without an axe to grind could easily discover: Galloway has spoken out against the actions of the Israeli state (and the UK's and the US and Canada) and provided medical supplies and ambulances to people experiencing appalling suffering. Wilders is merely a hatemonger.

As an exercise for those still unwilling to acknowledge how little the two cases apply to each other:

Find examples of George Galloway saying:
  • "I don't hate Jews. I hate Judaism."
  • "there is no such thing as 'moderate Judaism'" and that the "Torah also states that Jews who believe in only part of the Torah are in fact apostates".
  • That Moses would "... in these days be hunted down as a terrorist."
  • Of the Torah: "The book incites hatred and killing and therefore has no place in our legal order."
  • referred to Moses as "the devil"
  • That he believes that all Jewish immigration to the UK should be halted and all settled immigrants should be paid to leave.
I'll save you some time. None of these are quotes by Galloway, in fact he has a consistent record of fighting such ideas tooth and nail.

They're all quotes by Wilders with 'Jews' substituted for 'Muslims', The Torah for the Koran and Moses for Mohamed.

If you don't see the fundamental differences between the two cases now - that pretty much has to be intentional doesn't it?

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