I thought the SWP and Respect’s various leaflets on the cartoons controversy were bad enough (by the way, comrades, can you stop using a squiggly “eastern” font for headlines appealing to Muslim people? It’s plain embarrassing.) But that was until I read the BBC’s transcript of what George Galloway said to Algeria’s El Khabar newspaper:
“Frankly what happened is an insult to Islam and Muslims. Personally, I condemn these barbaric and evil acts. Today, the objective of the Western states is to control the oil of the Muslims whatever the price.
In fact, the cartoons published in Denmark did not surprise me because the Western states have been waging fierce attacks against Islam for years. These began by humiliation, insults and then occupation. Today they reached the point of ridiculing the prophet. This incident is worse than the 11 September attacks in the US and the 7/7 incidents in London.
Therefore, today it is the right of Muslims to express their anger and to defend their right and faith.”
Yep, it was the last sentence but one that got me too.