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Tuesday, November 08, 2005 

RESPECT the Anti 3B Coalition!

Why did I go?
I went to Mr. Galloway's speech and I enjoyed it; for those who don’t know him have a look at his party's website (http://respectcoalition.org/) or shortly take it from me: he is the leader (or the most well known figure) of the so called anti-war campaign in UK, it was the first time I had been to a such a political speech in UK. In fact I learned a lot this evening, I mean you cannot compare it to any of our style political speeches for sure for some reasons I think a good book could be written about how politics are practiced in this countries and how it is practiced in Middle East for example! (Imagine what would happen if what is happening in France would happen in Iran, Turkey or Syria!)

I have to say before going any further that I give the man the credit of being a different voice and saying some things which others would not want to even hear them. If we are in a free world I think everyone should be given the right to speak!

The entrance scenario of wolves & sheep:
The worst scenario I saw in the meeting entrance was: Socialists and Islamists working together! I was thinking, my God is George Bush so powerful?

Ok, well he talked about a bunch of stuff which had one thing in common, they where all matters and issues which where supported by Bush, Blair and Berlusconi (the three Bs). He started and finished it with Iraq obviously! And he addressed some other matters which I know a bit about and didn’t know much about some of it so I cannot comment on.

I am going to comment on those that I know something about. The first thing happened in the speech was, in front of the 600 turnout they brought a banner made by some young Palestinians with something like, A.J.Balfour treaty and in fact he addressed it as well as he addressed the Israeli state. One simple question I wanted to ask him, did he only learn about Balfour after the war on Iraq? It’s been 88 years since then! Does he know anything about Portsmouth treaty? Or that is not something he would benefit from!
IRRRRRRRRRAAQ! (I can’t believe it still is A country!)
Next as I said he started with Iraq war, I know and we all know that the west (all of them) empowered Saddam with chemical bombs, and they know exactly how much he had left with after using as much as he could on my town. Again another simple question which was asked by a Kurd in the crowd (I didn’t know he was studying at my university and I will have to find him) said "I appreciate all your courage, welcome to our university, my question is in 1988 we know that you opposed the attack on the Kurds but in 1994 you changed your mind, any reason for that?"

In a reply to Blair's new anti-terror laws he said: "RESPECT party supports every freedom movement and every freedom fighter in Palestine, Iraq or any where!” like some other people I booed and wanted to tell him what exactly he meant by freedom fighters in Iraq? Or are there some people he supports and are different from those who kill innocent people on buses in Iraq? I really don’t know what he meant by freedom fighters in Iraq!!

The most powerful argument he had was this (the anti-war campaign shares it): “They said there are WMDs, we said there aren’t and now that there were not any we are right!” well you (Mr himself, not anti-war marching people) might have been paid to defend the dictator, isn’t that what Saddam was saying as well, so does that mean Saddam was right just as you were?

I must credit him for saying, US soldiers are counted but no one knows what the size of casualties amongst the Iraqis is but does this means you have to support whom you call freedom fighters who will add scores to the uncounted numbers of Iraqi casualties. PLEASE!

Who is benefiting from double standards?
He denounced the government for having double standards by supporting some dictators and toppling others. I think he is benefiting from a very good double standard as well, by visiting Saddam Hussain before, or was that to convince him to change the way he used to rule Iraq? And now talking about him as brutal regime, well he is not in apposition to benefit him anymore at all anyways! And giving us three examples of those puppets (Saudi guys, Colonel Gaddafi and I can’t remember the third one he mentioned) while he failed to mention (!) or turned a blind eye on people like President Asad’s dictatorship family who does not give a simple right of citizenship to the Kurds, invades Lebanon and can assassinate other countries’ leaders!

If RESPECT then it must be for all!
Then he addressed us on how he supports the Palestinians and how he is against the Israel and so on, well when he counted terrorist activities in places around the world he didn’t say Tel-Aviv so a Jewish guy shouted "and Tel Aviv?" although the Palestinians with black Jamadani (in Kurdish the scarf they use) made some noise Mr. Galloway was even worse, he was really rude and noisy, but when a gentleman from the back made some noise against him, he said RESPECT! I don’t know how he dares to say others are hypocrites, well why not RESPECTing others then Mr. Honest? Again I had one question, will he wipe out Israel from the map if he could? I think he is just looking for a better job, just as he said "some people lost their jobs after the decision of going to war, including myself, but don’t worry I have a better one....applause". I seriously doubt that!

If we are talking about people’s lands being invaded then I think RESPECT should cover the whole globe. Can I humbly say, as Kurds we would be very happy for such an initiative, but I thought it was specific for some people because I heard words like Muslims, Palestinians, Arabs, Congo a couple of times Africa and NEVER Kurds,(omit as you like) Chechens, Kashmir etc! I think RESPECT cares about bits of Balfour treaty and doesn’t care about the rest of it!

I have always said I do not understand politics well but I can think and I have some common sense.

You shouldn't try to logically analyze Galloway. The guy is a few cans short of a six-pack. In other words, the guy is insane.

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