Scottish politician George Galloway isn't new to controversy. He visited Saddam Hussein twice while sanctions were in place, he called the Labour government "Tony Blair's lie machine," did a stint on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother, and was accused of profiting from Iraq's Oil for Food program, a charge later deemed "seriously defamatory" by the British courts.
Today, Galloway courts even more controversy by saying a suicide bomb assination of British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be "morally justified."
And you thought Jack Murtha was a firecracker!
Never one to mince words, RESPECTMP George Galloway is quoted in Vanity Fair saying it would be justifiable for a suicide bomber to kill Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Independent today quotes the exchange between Galloway and a Vanity Fair reporter:
"Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber - if there were no other casualties - be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?"
Mr. Galloway replied: "Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it - but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq - as Blair did."
Earlier today, Galloway expanded on his comments with a posting on his website saying, "Like the Prime Minister's wife commenting on suicide bombings in Israel I understand why such desperate acts take place and why those involved might believe such actions are morally justifiable."
And while he may understand (and even justify) such an action, he says he doesn't condone it and would report to the authorities "any such plot that I knew of." Makes you wonder who he hangs out with, eh?
Because the British approach politics with as much hyperbolic flair as they do pop music, Galloway's actions always draw immediate, flamboyant criticism. Labour MP Stephen Pound called Galloway "disgraceful and truly twisted," and the Independent described a recent meeting between Galloway and Castro as ending with both men, "Looking approvingly into each others' eyes, the pair embraced."
After the London bombing attacks last summer, Galloway remarked that the British were paying a price for Blair's decision to support the invasion of Iraq, a comment that stirred the British Armed Forces minister, Adam Ingram, to accuse Galloway of "dipping his poisonous tongue in a pool of blood."
They do have a way with words, don't they?