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George Galloway, who opposed the invitation and occupation of Iraq from the start, speaks about the latest Israel - Lebanon violence.

The war between Israel and Lebanon is a tragic waste of human potential fed in part by biased and inadequate reporting from the mainstream media.  

George Galloway eloquently calls bullshit on the bias of Rupert Murdoch's SKY NEWS.
Watch the interview here:

Originally posted to people for truth on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 09:01 PM PDT.

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  •  It would be nice... (6+ / 0-)

    ...if you'd put more in your diary for those who can't listen to the interview.

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 08:54:00 PM PDT

  •  There is more at the link... (1+ / 0-)
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    It has been a long day here. Fighting the good fight. Not much energy left and more to do before I sleep.


    Why can you not listen to the video?

  •  Powerful and salient (1+ / 0-)
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    Galloway is right, this isn't about what happened four weeks ago. Somebody stop this train wreck, please.

    •  I don't agree with Galloway (0+ / 0-)

      fpr a simple reason. That Israel has imprisoned people is one issue. The fact that Hizbullah - a paramilitary organization, not a legally constituted state - has been firing missiles into Israel is another. Conflating 2 issues is an old political trick. And Galloway is an old political trickster who seems never to have found fault with any terrorist organization. Indeed, if he now identifies Israel as a terrorist entity, I am surprised that he has not rushed to Jerusalem to fawn upon Ohlmert as he did upon Saddam Hussein.

      Walking. It's the new driving.

      by Batfish on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 09:31:25 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

        Heard an interview with Galloway where he reported on the "massacre" at the Jenin refugee camp, including the fact that the Israeli government had refused access to the camp to investigators.  

        But there were at least two separate investigations of the camp, by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, both of which found no evidence of a massacre (they DID find evidence of violations of humanitarian law, but also indicated that the Palestinians were somewhat responsible).


        Yeah, it's the wikipedia, but it also jives with my memory of the events.

        Galloway is more than willing to ignore facts when they don't fit his particular world-view.

  •  Galloway was passionate but solid and put out (1+ / 0-)
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    more points in a few minutes than all the news put together in decades.  He is a powerful speaker, to say the least.

    I never heard of sky news before this.  Thanks for the link.  It was worth the watch.

    •  Sky (5+ / 0-)

      Sky News is part of Murdoch's UK satelite broadcasting operation. As well as transmitting the usual range of shopping and God channels (the two get easily conflated!) and other stations output, they have their own setup which includes Sky News, three general entertainment stations and a suite of stations showing sport and films. (Sky News, Sky Sports News and one of the entertainment stations, Sky Three are also on our terrestrial digital free-to-air service)

      Murdoch got his monopoly by getting in first with a n analog system using existing satellites. It's first big attraction was "The Simpsons". An official rival, "British Satellite Broadcasting" came later but failed and was taken over by Sky. The merged operation uses the same initials standing for "British Sky Broadcasting". There are suggestions that part of the failure was due to Murdoch disseminating the codes to unlock the scrambling on his rival's pay service.

      Although they use Fox for live reports from the USA on occasion, there is not as much biased as Fox as they have to conform to UK broadcasting standards. A lot of its reporters are ex-BBC anyway.

      Murdoch's ownership of newspapers means that his TV stations feature a lot in the "editorial" both on the entertainment news and TV listings pages. They cannot do similar cross-publicity on TV bt have another trick. They are allowed to publicise programs being shown in the future on other stations in their network  but never seem to promote the free stations. Instead their fillers are used to advertise their premium film and sports stations (they had exclusive deals to show live soccer matches but this was ruled uncompetitive by the EU and now they only have most live soccer matches after an auction system)  

  •  That... (0+ / 0-)

    Was awesome.  Thanks for posting this!

  •  Galloway vs O'Liely - I can't wait (0+ / 0-)

    Here's a prime example of how to handle the shoutovers of the Faux News interview crowd. Perfect! I believe that Israel had a good chance at the beginning of this to come out a winner, but every minute, every bullet fired, every civillian or Hizbollah member that is injured or killed, Israel loses the battle more and more. An enemy gives up because he sees a way to survive after giving up. If you don't offer a reason to surrender that makes sense to him, he has absolutely no incentive to surrender. The latest terms for disarming Hizbollah to get the Israelis to leave Lebanon are patently impossible to meet.

    Playground Analogy:
    "Just give your rock to the teacher. I know that the bullys haven't beaten you up since you got the rock and you think it's the only thing that keeps the bullys from beating you up but you really don't need it. The teacher will protect you from the bullys that want to whup your ass."

    This nonsense doesn't even work in gradeschool playgrounds, why expect it to work in this area of ancient resentments and conflicts?

    Does that mean we sit back and wait while Israel kills all the current stock of Hizbollah that are within range? I don't think so even if the President does think it's a good idea! The Israelis can kill and kill but there are more Shia's than they currently have bullets for. What then? They will just order more bullets from the US and then more Shias will come from various parts of the globe to fight against the Israeli state who is busy acting very enemy like toward it's Shia [and Christian] Lebanese neighbours while using ammo stamped USA that is shown in news shows world wide.

    The proposed "robust" international force that would shoot at whichever side started something so that everyone is afraid of starting something might work but they'd better be really armed to the teeth because Israel certainly is.

    The problem with a peace-keeping force is that it will be accused of taking sides no matter which way it's guns are pointing by whichever side it's pointing at at the moment. I have a difficult time believing that the accusations from Israel would not carry more weight here in the US than those from Lebanon or Hizbollah sources. Witness the current state of indecision that favors Israel that is evident today. Oh, and the "rock" story applies to Iran too don'cha know.

    I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.

    by daddybunny on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:24:55 PM PDT

  •  Too bad twas Galloway (0+ / 0-)

    What you need to know about George Galloway is that he is famously anti-Israel and anti-semitic. He's made a career out of pandering to the Arab constituency in his district. That may make for good politics, but it doesn't make for profound insight or good policy.

    Is the Israel-Hezbollah struggle hugely tragic? Ask an important question -- such as: which side bears the most responsibility for the mess? Israel pulled out of Lebanon years ago and would have been happy to stay that way -- despite the regular provocations by Hezbollah, and the apocalyptic rhetoric they espouse -- calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. Israel did not ask for and did not start this fight. Why shouldn't they be able to end it on their terms? If Hezbollah agreed to give up the missiles (it would help if the Lebanese agreed with the U.N. proposal that would allow Israel to maintain its position until the peacekeeping force comes in next month), the fighting could end immediately.

  •  Galloway is famously anti-semitic (0+ / 0-)

    See my other post on this -- he is famous for his anti-Israel rhetoric. He represents a district that has a huge Arab and Muslim population. He's a panderer, not a statesman.

    •  anti-semitic (2+ / 0-)
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      is now equal to anti-Israel??

      I am not a big fan of Galloway either, but I disagree with your label.

      Using your logic,all our leaders here are anti-Muslims  and panderers of Israel?

      He made some powerful remarks and posed very tough questions to his interviewer, one that was deep enough to move me:


      •  That's a tough question? (0+ / 0-)

        How many Jewish victims of Palestinian terrorism can you name? Name anyone killed at Ma'alot? Munich? How about all the bus bombing victims?

        That's no measure of anything at all! It sounds compelling...until you think for a moment. I don't know the names of the nearly 200 killed in Madrid, or the dozens killed last month in Mumbai. What exactly does that prove? Actually, I could only name a handful of the Americans killed on 9/11. That certainly doesn't make it less of a tragedy -- and there certainly was a great deal of coverage, as I recall.

        The fact that Galloway can only talk about the Palestinians that have died in the conflict, without acknowledging there are 2 sides...hell, the fact that Galloway seems to think his job as an M.P. requires him to regularly savage Israeli policy (especially if it gets his name into the press), makes him either a base panderer or a base anti-semite...or both.

    •  I think he's more anti-American (0+ / 0-)

      He opposed American military intervention in Kosovo, and he supported the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  I wonder what his Muslim consitutents would think of that!

      I was hoping his antics on Big Brother would have discredited him.  As I thought at the time - "I bet his deputy Salma Yaqoob is laughing her head off!"

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