May 19, 2005


George Galloway, the British MP, charged with profiteering from the Oil-for-food program in Iraq during Saddam regime has blasted the US senate committee, which had accused him earlier. In a rhetoric speech apart from boldly claiming that he is innocent, he accused the legitimacy of the accuser of reaching a verdict without proper evidence and without giving a chance for self-defense.

From the Guardian:

He told Norm Coleman, the Minnesota Republican who chaired the senate investigations committee "I know that standards have slipped in Washington in recent years, but for a lawyer, you're remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice. I'm here today, but last week you already found me guilty. You traduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question,"

"I met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him," Mr Galloway went on. "The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns, and to give him maps the better to target those guns."

To hear these and more, click here. Also view the 47 minute video clip (Real Media) if you have sufficient bandwidth. Here is a transcript of the speech.

It is surprising that besides the BBC and some Reuters reports, not much coverage of this hearing was seen. However I watched it in CNN which brought it live.

Jeanne says in her blog:

If you want to disentangle yourself from the wrapping the opposition has put you in, that's how you do it. No cheap shots and bitch slaps. Just truth upon truth.

Yes that is how Galloway did it. Inflicted truth upon truth on the US senators about the legitimacy of US invasion of Iraq and mocked that the real profit makers of the oil-for-food program was the US oil companies.


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