The UK branch of Democracy Exports, Inc., has officially purged one of its members. MP George Galloway is Labour no more after being “convicted” on four of the five following charges:
· he incited Arabs to fight British troops
· he incited British troops to defy orders
· he incited Plymouth voters to reject Labour MPs,
· he threatened to stand against Labour
· he backed an anti-war candidate in Preston
(Turns out he didn’t incite Plymouth voters to ditch Labour, so he isn’t a total monster.)
The “threatened to stand against Labour” charge is totalitarian clairvoyance at its very best, “related to claims that he was planning to stand as an independent against Labour in the next general election if he was expelled from the party.”
The $36 billion U.S. government telethon for Iraq’s reconstruction isn’t going so well. Just over a third of that money has been pledged so far, and that’s counting the EU, Britain, and Japan. The president can suck up to Australia all he wants, but given that their GDP is about one-seventh the size of Japan’s (contribution: $5 billion, mostly loans, through 2008), where the war was much less controversial, it ain’t gonna help.
How long before Dubya’s trick-or-treating at Tonga’s doorstep?
Israeli settler radio station Arutz Sheva is off the air, convicted of broadcasting without a license. This may pose a problem for Frontpagemag.com and National Review, who treat the wildly militaristic channel as the journal of record for the Middle East: How to explain this tyrannical act by the Israeli government, pound for pound the world’s greatest force for liberty?
Glenn Reynolds suggests we all run down to Hallmark and get Israel something nice for not wiping the Palestinians off the face of the earth.
Surprisingly, David Frum defends the disgraced Gregg Easterbrook. How? By accusing others of worse anti-Semitism.
Oh. May I take back my surprise?