So, the lefty bloggers are rushing to the barricades to stand up for an anti-Western, pro-Islamist, corrupt, authoritarian neo-fascist. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning.
But some bloggers on my side of the aisle, including Jonathan Kay, Rob Breakenridge and Brigitte Pellerin, are also critical of the Canadian government’s decision to keep George Galloway out of the country. Pellerin, in my opinion, makes the best argument:
I believe it’s a mistake to keep him out. Only makes him into a “progressive” hero. Also, having previously done something that would be illegal in Canada but that was not “bad enough” (if you’ll pardon the expression) to lead to his arrest should not be enough to keep him out. If the fear is that he’ll do something illegal while in Canada, like raise funds for Hamas, then let him in, follow him closely, and nab his sorry derrière the minute he strays into illegal territory.
Evil does not go away when we shield our little eyes and ears from it. I worry that banning him will allow Canadians to think we’re now safe from his sort of nonsense, and that would be a very bad mistake indeed.
I haven’t changed my mind on this issue, exactly, but this is a fair point. Aside from a few on the far-left fringe, and Galloway-watchers like myself, had even heard of this guy until he was kept out of the country?
Jon Kay has a great idea, too:
…Sic Christopher Hitchens on the guy.