We are living in a time when the Guardian allows Hezbollah scum op-ed space. The groups who dominate the Stop the War coalition are Islamofascist fellow travellers. Look at the grotsquely anti-semitic and pro-terrorist placards from the demonstrations here and here.
The worst offenders:
1. George Galloway, newly bearded vaguely socialist "MP"
Galloway calls Hezbollah, along with Iran theocracy, the "resistance". This discourse, of terrorism as resistance, is what links the moonbat white left with political Islam.
Listen to his speech at "anti-war" site deutsche. Listen to the crows go wild, particularly when he says he wishes more of the leaders of the Arab world were like Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. Gene: "This wasn't an antiwar rally; it was a pro-fascist rally."
Adele says one "cannot find a single word that could describe the grotesque beast of nature that is George Galloway". I can think of lots of words, mostly with four letters.
2. The Socialist Workers Party, "Marxist" fringe cult
The SWP also glorify Hezbollah using the discourse of "resistance". Harry: "'Socialist Worker' also gives the game away when it approvingly refers this week to Hezbollah as being part of an "arc of resistance stretching through Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine." Think about what that means for a minute." Gene analyzes this use of the word "resistance" here.
In a "fact" sheet about the conflict, the SWP say:
The US and Israel claim that Hizbollah is a “terrorist” group. In fact Hizbollah is a Shia Muslim resistance movement that grew out of the Israeli occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s.And they actually publish Galloway's glorification of terrorism. How far will they go in their appeasement of political Islam, as Pete Radcliffe asks?
The resistance spearheaded by Hizbollah forced the Israelis out of the country in 2000.
Today it has 23 MPs and provides a rudimentary welfare network running schools and health centres.
Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is admired across the Middle East because of his stand against Israel.
See also Daniel here. Lots of video of the demo, by the way, has been posted on YouTube by SWP hack Leninology.
3. The Muslim Association of Britain
Azzam Tamimi, speaking at a meeting of the UK's largest "peace" movement, the Stop the War Coalition:See also Gene.
"Israel cannot exist in peace with anyone. Israel, the Zionist entity, is made of evil."
For some more utterances from this Great Man Of Peace, watch and listen here. Note the loud cheering from assembled "peaceniks". Who presumably have forgotten what the word "peace" actually means.
You know, I dig my heels in and argue with people like the Eustonites (and Jim!) who think that the UK anti-war movement is a sick joke. After listening to and seeing that godawful spectacle, I wonder why I bother.
4. Yvonne Stockholm Syndrome Ridley, blonde, hijab-clad "journalist" who converted to Islam after being held hostage by the Taleban
Yvonne Ridley is another Respect leader who exemplifies the disease eating at liberal Britain. Here is her homage to Basayev, one of the most viscious terrorist thugs of our time, a Chechen Wahhabi death cultist. Again, the discourse of "resistance: "Basaev led an admirable struggle to bring independence to Chechnya and resorted to targetting Russian civilians in the latter years of his struggle to try and bring the plight of the Chechen struggle to the wider world." (Via Wardy.) And here she is attacking pop music. How can a party that claims to be socialist have someone like this as a candidate and spokesperson?
While I'm on a kind of Lebanon tip, here are two good posts from Simply Jews: The mask is coming off and An open letter to the Lebanese bloggers. Here's statement by the Workers Advice Centre in Israel.
And, finally, just to repeat the point I made yesterday that, however wrong Israel's way of waging this war, Hizbollah are not an "anyonymous guerilla movement" as Voltaire's Priest thinks. They are the region's third most effective military force, a heavily organised army. On this issue, also read "Context overlooked" at Never Trust a Hippy.
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