George Galloway continues his ardent pursuit of dhimmitude. From the BBC, with thanks to Zalbion:
MP George Galloway is being accused of putting UK troops at risk after calling insurgents in Iraq “martyrs”.
During a tour of the Middle East, Mr Galloway spoke of “poor Iraqis” using the most basic weapons to write the names of their towns “in the stars”.
The Respect MP accused the UK and America of “raping” Baghdad and said the US was losing the war.
Labour MP Eric Joyce said the comments endangered UK troops “in a small way” but Mr Galloway held little influence.
Mr Galloway’s Respect party stresses that it and the Bethnal Green and Bow MP condemn suicide bombings, whether in London or the Middle East.
Any loss of civilian life is profoundly wrong, says the party, but it blames the US-UK coalition for turning Iraq into a war zone by their invasion.
Mr Galloway claimed the insurgents were ordinary Iraqis defending their country against “foreign invaders”.
“It can be said, truly said, that the Iraqi resistance is not just defending Iraq. They are defending all the Arabs and they are defending all the people of the world against American hegemony.”
In one speech, the MP said: “These poor Iraqis – ragged people, with their sandals, with their Kalashnikovs, with the lightest and most basic of weapons – are writing the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military operations every day, which has made the country ungovernable.
“We don’t know who they are, we don’t know their names, we never saw their faces, they don’t put up photographs of their martyrs, we don’t know the names of their leaders.”