Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, delivered this statement
to US Senators today who have accused him of corruption
Extract:“I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not
have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims,
that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your
claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001. I told
the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a
British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad
would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.
"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out
to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with
their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack
of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack
If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you
demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to
paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and
the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we
are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying
to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of
billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth.
"Have a look at the real Oil-for-Food scandal. Have a
look at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months
when $8.8 billion of Iraq's wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look
at Haliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's
money, but the money of the American taxpayer.
"Have a look at the oil that you didn't even meter, that
you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which
went who knows where? Have a look at the $800 million you gave to American
military commanders to hand out around the country without even counting
it or weighing it.
"Have a look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers
today, revealed in the earlier testimony in this committee. That the biggest
sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians.
The real sanctions busters were your own companies with the connivance of
your own Government."
Rebel MP George Galloway’s Respect Party claimed today
that evidence that he profited from Saddam Hussein’s regime was forged
... his party said the committee was relying on a counterfeit document created
in Baghdad. [Scotsman]
Take a close look at the way Galloway's name appears in slightly
smaller and fainter type, and the way it is slightly crooked, inside a supposedly
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