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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Friends and allies

"The Jordanian businessman accused of passing oil money from Saddam Hussein to George Galloway has revealed that he is once again trading in Iraq and making trips to America with the approval of the US authorities."

The Independent reports today that Fawaz Zureikat says "neither the new government in Baghdad nor US officials had raised any objections to him renewing his trade with Iraq." These allegations emerge as Galloway himself will face his accusers in Washington over charges he received vouchers for 20 million barrels of oil from Saddam during the Oil for Food program.

I’m happy to be proven wrong, but somehow I suspect that the mud being thrown at Galloway will not stick. I smell a Republican hatchet job.


Anonymous Glenn Condell said...

I smell it too, but am prepared to be as disillusioned about George as I have been about others. He just gives off an odour of incorruptible defiance but some of the best swindlers do, which is why they're the best.

I've written to George a few times over the last few years, as I have done with many people who I thought stood up to the worldwide bullshit being forced down our throats. Got nice replies from Helen Thomas, Max Hastings, Ted Rall etc, but all I ever got from George was a form reply asking for money.

George was one of my war heroes, along with Ken O'Keefe, Barbara Lee, Anthony Zinni - all people of independent mind. I hope George's capacity to think and act morally on war doesn't co-exist with an avaricious streak that would fatally affect the former quality.

But my money is on the rat. If it is bullshit, I would love to be a fly on the wall when George upbraids that chamber of faux democratic horrors.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 11:57:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

True enough, if George is guilty as hell, I'll be the first to acknowledge it. He does seem shifty, and past relationships havn't helped, but hey, the reasons for smearing him are huge.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 2:17:00 pm  

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