March 20, 2009

Galloway Refused Entry into Canada

"Canadian officials have denied outspoken anti-war British MP George Galloway entry into Canada on grounds he poses a threat to national security."

Via the Toronto Star.

I recall attending a lecture by Mr. Galloway in Ottawa several years ago, and was impressed by his charisma and strong principles.  This was years before he was a household name within the Muslim world; since then, he has gone way up in my esteem after his incredible efforts in the Viva Palestina convoy.  Blocking his entry into Canada this time around is an unfortunate sign that Canadian leaders are still under the influence of the old US administration, where criticism of Israel is tantamount to treason.

It is a frightening sign of the times that the ones who are truly calling out for peace are considered to be "threats to national security", whereas those who support oppressive regimes and illegal invasions are considered to be advocates of peace, justice, and freedom.

Some day, we'll be saying that war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

5 comments:

  1. I am very shocked to hear that. Especially as he is a Member of Parliament. I hope the government changes its mind.

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  2. Yeah, Canadian government is quite ridiculous these days. We've been without a capable leader since 2003.

    This is what George Galloway had to say in response:
    "On one level being banned by such a man is like being told to sit up straight by the hunchback of Notre Dame or being lectured on due diligence by Conrad Black. On another, for a Scotsman to be excluded from Canada is like being turned away from the family home."

    More here.

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  3. It's interesting to see how such right-wing behaviour is condoned, promoted and allowed here in Canada now... a subtle totalitarian state in development... :(

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  4. write sometimes, a line or two.

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