George Galloway, a sitting member of the British Parliament and leader of the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza, has been banned from Canada on security grounds.
Describing him as an “infandous street-corner Cromwell,” Jason Kenney spokesweasel Alykhan Velshi told Channel Four News above that George Galloway “poses a national security threat to Canadians” and will not be allowed “to come to Canada to pee on our carpet.”
Well done, Alykhan Velshi.
It has been very difficult thus far to get national media coverage for the Viva Palestina aid convoy’s mission to end the seige of Gaza but I think your nonsense will do the trick nicely.
You do realize, do you sir, that Galloway was in Canada just two years ago? And that he evidently does not pose a threat to the national security of France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, or the U.S. where he will be speaking just prior to the now cancelled engagement in Toronto.
Responding to the ban, George Galloway said,
“This has further vindicated the anti-war movement’s contention that unjust wars abroad will end up consuming the very liberties that make us who we are.”
But hey, you go, Mr. Velshi.
The coveted Certificate of Hitlertude has so far eluded our Minister of Fascism and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney but this latest clowncar foray onto the world stage just might garner him another shot at it (h/t Politics ‘n Poetry and We Move to Canada).
Galloway’s full response includes some serious ass-kicking :
“. . . gay-baiter, gung-ho armchair warrior, right-wing last-ditch dead-enders of Bushism in Ottawa”
So outrageous was Velshi’s “pee on the carpet” comment that I thought I’d look him up.
Here he is in 2006 fondly reminiscing about his days at the American Enterprise Institute :
“Ambassador Kirkpatrick, until fairly recently, was a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where I interned last year, and her office was only a few steps away from my bay on the 11th floor. She later went on to help found the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.”
And the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies later went on to employ Alykhan Velshi, along with Clifford May, Richard Perle, Newt Gingrich, William Kristol, James Woolsey, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Ledeen, Gary Bauer . . . you get the idea . . . if you signed the PNAC letter, you’re in.
“There is, however, a compelling basis for a government ban on any assistance — even self-described humanitarian aid — to terrorists. Because terrorist organizations are not known as models of corporate transparency, there is no way of knowing whether a terrorist entity’s humanitarian arm is funneling money to its militant one.”
Gosh, isn’t that just what his new boss Jason Kenney thought he was up to a few days ago when he stripped federal funds to the Canadian Arab Foundation for providing language training to new immigrants and the Canadian Islamic Congress for providing sensitivity training sessions to the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority? (h/t Stageleft).
Do the Cons get all their ideas from ex-American Enterprise Institute interns?
Update : Mr. Greg got there before me.