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<$NoAd$>Word just came in that the far-far-far left, Islamist candidate George Galloway has defeated Oona King — daughter of an ex-pat African-American civil rights activist and Jewish mother — in the east London constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow. Galloway is not just anti-war and anti-American, he is pro-Saddam. Read what James Forsythe wrote in the New Republic Online about Galloway:

Galloway, dubbed “Gorgeous George,” has been an MP since 1987 and is regarded as one of the House of Commons’ most gifted orators. He is also one of its most hardened leftists. “I did support the Soviet Union, and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life,” he told the Guardian in 2002. The signature issue of his political career, however, has been the Middle East. Even before he was elected to Parliament, Galloway managed to persuade his hometown of Dundee in Scotland to symbolically partner with the West Bank city of Nablus. Since Blair became party leader in 1994, Galloway has been a constant thorn in the side of New Labour. His support for Saddam–he earned the nickname “the member for Baghdad Central” and in 2002 he wrote of his experience on “the crowded dance floor of a North African nightclub … dancing with Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister of Iraq”–stretched the relationship to its breaking point. In November 2003 he was expelled from the party for what Labour Chairman Ian McCartney described as inciting “foreign forces to rise up against British troops.”

As Forsythe goes on to explain, a Galloway win could spark a backlash against Muslims as: ”it could lead many Britons to conclude that Muslims threaten the country’s liberal political culture.” Galloway’s win is a loss for us all.

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