“The man’s search for a tyrannical fatherland never ends.”
Christopher Hitchens on George Galloway, 2005
So true. Galloway once said that “the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life.” And he really meant it. Galloway has always felt an affinity with the more oppressive regimes on the planet – on the condition that they are hostile to the biggest menace of all: the United States. Iraq (under Saddam Hussein, that is), Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba: George has been to all of them, prostrate at the feet of hideous men, before flipping over and asking them to tickle his tummy. When he’s not doing this, he’s invariably standing at a rostrum delivering an obsequious speech in praise of his generous hosts.
Now, with all the reliability of a timepiece manufactured in Switzerland, he has openly spoken in support of North Korea using the platform of a show he presents on PressTV, a propaganda vehicle for the Iranian government.
“I’m much more afraid of the United States of America and so are most people in the world. North Korea has no intention to harm any of us. North Korea’s problem is with South Korea. South Korea exists because America invaded Korea, killed millions of people, divided the country and continues to garrison South Korea with military bases, nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapon.”
It would be remarkable if it wasn’t so unsurprising. In fact, where Galloway is concerned, it would be a genuine shock if he hadn’t said this or something very much like it. This is a man whose views on everything are so predictable you already know what he’s going to say before he starts shouting about it.
But, not to be misunderstood, he clarifies his position.
“Look, I don’t agree with the North Korean political system and I’ve been there. I’ve seen it up close and personal. But there have been achievements in North Korea. They do have a satellite circling the earth. They have built a nuclear power industry even though they suspended it on false promises from President Clinton and other U.S. statesmen. They do have a cohesive, pristine actually, innocent culture. A culture that has not been penetrated by globalisation and by Western mores and is very interesting to see.”
Well, that’s true. They are certainly untouched by globalisation. Or progress, personal freedoms, human rights, literature, music, the arts, etc. They are protected from all these dreadful Western mores, quite content no doubt that their “cohesive, pristine actually, innocent culture” remains intact. I mean, many of them are on the brink of starvation and the average life expectancy is about ten years less than that of South Korea, but they remain an outpost of purity. And it’s for this reason that George would like to live there… oh wait.
“But I wouldn’t like to live there. And I’m not advocating their system. Not least because they certainly don’t believe in God in North Korea.”
Who would blame them given that they live in a hellish gulag-state ruled by a psychopathic crime family? Galloway, it would seem, is perfectly relaxed about the oppression, the grinding poverty and the death camps but takes exception to the fact they don’t believe in an all-powerful sky wizard. Actually, this isn’t even technically true. Kim Il-sung was declared the ‘Eternal President’ of North Korea in 1998, despite the fact he died in 1994. North Korea is a theocratic state, based on the cult-of-personality of a rotting corpse.
Perhaps this information might be enough to prompt Mr Galloway to reconsider his position and relocate there after all? We can but dream.