George Galloway has never been known for his profound insight or his moral sturdiness, but his comments on the situation in Syria are particularly nauseating.
He chastises Syrian revolutionaries–who are fighting for their lives against the continuation of the mukhabarat state that the Assad dynasty has built–for "serving the Crusaders" in their quest to rob the "Syrian Holy Land."
The bizarre tangent he delivers at the end– "I have more faith in the Arabs than the Arabs do!" –is almost sickeningly Orientalist in both vernacular and tone, echoing of old stereotypes about Arabs as "noble savages."
Perhaps we can assume from the mustache-less beard and appallingly pious language that this doughy mouthpiece for two-bit dictatorships has dropped all of his left-wing pretenses and simply become a full-time employee of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its Syrian client.
Just a few short years ago, Galloway announced in front of a crowd in Damascus that the Syrian people were lucky to have a "democratic" leader like President Bashar al-Assad.
Now, however, he claims that Syrians have a "legitimate" reason to demand political change. However, they should accept the Kofi Annan Plan.
In other words, Syrians must drop the demand that Assad stop asserting private ownership over the lives of every Syrian citizen, and face the consequences that Assad will impose on the populace after the opposition’s surrender, which I think we can safely assume will be very grave forms of punishment indeed.