“The last Arab ruler… the last Arab country”

Al-Jazeera TV broadcast George Galloway’s latest performance in his worldwide “Stand Up for Dictators” tour– this time in Damascus, home town of his new favorite world leader.

MEMRI has a video clip and transcript. The clip is in English, so you don’t have to trust the Mossad translators.

Some excerpts:

I want to be very clear. I was clear in July, and what I said in July has followed me all over the world by the American and Israeli propaganda machine [hey, that’s us!], so I want to be very clear again. All dignified people in the world, whether Arabs or Muslims or others with dignity, are very proud of the speech made by President Bashar Al-Assad a few days ago here in Damascus.

Hands up. How many are very proud of President Bashar Al-Assad’s speech? What? Have you no dignity?

For me he is the last Arab ruler, and Syria is the last Arab country. It is the fortress of the remaining dignity of the Arabs, and that’s why I’m proud to be here and addressing you this evening.
The reason that Syria is facing this crisis is not because of any bad thing which Syria has done or any weaknesses within its democracy, or within its economy, or within its human rights record – and there are weaknesses in all three of these…

Like calling an advanced case of gangrene a minor infection, but it’s something.

The reason why Syria is being threatened is not because of anything bad which she did, but because of the good which she is doing.
Just because somebody is appointed by the UN which became – you know, Lenin called the League of Nations a “Thieves’ kitchen.”… [UN investigator Detlev] Mehlis is not a saint, he’s not an impartial civil servant, he is a policeman with a record of framing Arab governments, and this is why he was given this job.
This is why he was given this job, and everybody should be aware that the verdict of the Mehlis inquiry was already fixed before he began his investigation. This murder of Hariri was deliberately planned and executed precisely to implicate Syria and to set in train the events which have unfolded.
When Hitler was on the French coast and my country stood alone, when the Americans were watching the war on television [!] before they joined it, we faced a violent foreign military invasion. And of course there were collaborators in Britain who would have collaborated with Hitler if he had landed, but the vast majority of British people would have fought Hitler, with their teeth, if necessary, because no free people will allow itself to be occupied by a foreign army, and Syria is a free people and will never agree to such an invasion.
Chairman Mao said that sometimes the enemy struggles mightily to lift a huge stone, only to drop it on its own feet, and I believe that’s what has happened in the world today.

Galloway has an interesting propensity for quoting mass murderers approvingly, doesn’t he?

Hundreds of thousands are ready to fight them in the Middle East, and in Latin America there is revolution everywhere. Fidel Castro is feeling young again. Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile are all electing left-wing governments that are challenging American domination. And in Venezuela the hero Hugo Chavez has stood against them over and over and over again.
So I say to you, citizens of the last Arab country, this is a time for courage, for unity, for wisdom, for determination, to face these enemies with the dignity your president has shown, and I believe, God willing, we will prevail and triumph, fwa-salam aleikum.

Nu? And then what?