June 01, 2005


I have come across an exclusive interview of the British MP George Galloway. It was taken on 9 March this year in the Dhaka University campus in Bangladesh.

The Iraq News Network, which published this interview reveals that he came to Bangladesh in last March to draw more support from the Bangladeshi origin voters in his constituency (almost 40%), the London Borough of Tower Hamlet seat. Galloway had been in Bangladesh before and had worked for sometimes in the early eighties.

In this interview he has made these controversial remarks:

"The left is weaker and the Muslims are weaker because they are not together."

"The progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies. Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries mainly Muslim countries. On the very grave big issues of the day-issues of war, occupation, justice, opposition to globalization - the Muslims and the progressives are on the same side. So it's necessary to unite these two great forces."

Don't forget to read the whole interview.

As for his thoughts on Bangladesh, I liked this one:

"I don't like to get involved in internal politics in Bangladesh as I think the empire was here for long enough."

He surely is a character. But my instincts tell me to stay away from the eloquent personalities who have the charisma to mesmerize others. Because you may get fooled easily.


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