Hypocrite George Galloway did the media rounds this weekend, telling anyone who would listen how bad Hosni Mubarak’s Egyptian regime is. This would be received with no small irony elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia given his fondness for other dictators.
Galloway previously defended Pervez Musharaf’s 1999 military coup in Pakistan, saying “Only the armed forces can really be counted on to hold such a country together.” But the Egyptian military, it seems, are a different matter and yesterday he told Sky News’ Andrew Wilson:
The last thing the US needs is one of its client states opening fire in a Tienanmen Square-style massacre
Perhaps we should remind ourselves what Galloway say to Saddam Hussein six years after he killed up to 5,000 Kurdish civilians in a poison gas attack on Halabja and just three years after slaughtering 80,000-230,000 Kurds and Shi’ites in the wake of the Gulf War, many of whom were dumped in mass graves:
Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability, and I want you to know that we are with you, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-Quds [until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem].
To Galloway, all massacres are equal but some are more equal than others.