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Friday, March 20, 2009

"Anti-war British MP Galloway kept out of Canada," CTV, March 17, 2009.

[Where is the Free Mark Steyn crowd when you really need them? As many have suspected from the beginning, the Harper govt can't take the heat and should get out of the kitchen. A real leader would let one of his champions debate Galloway on the substance of the issues. But Harper fears he would lose as the US Congress lost several years ago when he referred to their line on Iraq as "a pack of lies."

Letting Galloway into Canada wouldn't "legitimize Hamas." Going to war with them does that, and Israel has already done that with Harper, Ignatieff and Obama cheering their right to defend themselves (and legitimize the democratically-elected government in Gaza.

The new-new-conservative government is based on a pack lies and self-deceptions that is every bit as suffocating as the WMD pretext for invading Iraq. In Afghanistan, NATO doens't know who it's fighting or where the war is. Few can remember the actual pretext for the war. Anyone who can remember more than six or eight of the objectives of the war should win a prize.

Harper's main strategy is to stonewall and muzzle the press. Once that rather limited strategy demonstates its uselessness in all but the most autoritarian situations, Harper and his minions are too chickenshit to face straight talk. These are not the guys who are going to negotiate anything at all. They can't even do a decent job of negotiating with GM and RIM on our behalf. What could they possibly say to someone who isn't begging for our money? -jlt]

Controversial British MP George Galloway has been denied admission to Canada to speak at a Toronto anti-war conference, and a spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the minister won't intervene.

"The minister will not give a special exemption from Canada's security laws to Mr. Galloway, nor will he provide special treatment to a man who brags about giving 'financial support' to Hamas, a banned terrorist organization in Canada, or who offers sympathy for Canada's enemies in Afghanistan," Alykhan Velshi told CTV News in a statement on Friday.

  The Canadian Jewish Congress quickly issued a statement commending the government for its decision.

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