British anti-war lawmaker George Galloway is shown laughing, joking and expressing support to Uday Hussein in a video released yesterday of his 1999 meeting with the dictator’s late son.
The Sun newspaper of London reports Galloway, who has been investigated for allegedly profiting from the former Iraqi regime, “exposed his revolting true colors – fawning before Saddam Hussein’s murderous son Uday.”
Uday and his brother, Qusay, were killed by U.S. troops in a raid in Mosul in July 2003.
Galloway – who became a member of parliament for the Respect Party after Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party expelled him for urging British soldiers not to fight – met Saddam in 2002 and in 1994, when he told him: “Sir, allow me to salute your courage, power and indefatigability.”
In the video, according to the Sun, Galloway greets Uday “like an old friend, shaking his hand and twice calling him ‘Excellency.'”
The Sun said the British lawmaker also joked with Uday about losing weight, going bald and failing to give up smoking cigars.
Galloway reportedly ordered observing journalists not to publish parts of their conversation, taunted the United States and vowed to stick with Uday “until the end.”
Galloway has drawn outrage and derision in the UK in the past week for his antics on the British television reality show “Big Brother,” which had him secluded in a house with other celebrities, including an androgynous British actor and former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
Galloway was voted off the show last night by viewers. Earlier, he crawled on all fours pretending to be a cat licking milk from the cupped hands of television actress Rula Lenska and danced in a red leotard with cross-dresser Pete Burns.
Galloway’s spokesman Ron McKay, according to the London Guardian, said the MP took a “calculated risk to do the show but it was predicated on not being censored and him being able to get his message out but when he says anything political they bleep him or tweety-bird it.”
Just after the video was released yesterday, three British Court of Appeal judges upheld Galloway’s $270,000 libel victory over the London Telegraph newspaper, which reported in 2003 that documents retreived from Iraq proved he profited from the U.N. oil-for-food scandal. Galloway maintained the documents were forged.
He still faces the possibility, however, of a fraud investigation in Britain looking into the U.N. scandal.
In testimony last May before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Galloway vehemently denied accusations he profited from the U.N. program, which was designed to allow humanitarian aid amid sanctions against Iraq.
Galloway defiantly told the panel chairman, Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.: “You have nothing on me, senator, except my name on lists of names from Iraq, many of which have been drawn up after the installation of your puppet government in Baghdad,” he said.
He condemned the subcommittee as a “group of Christian fundamentalists and Zionist activists under the chairmanship of neo-con George Bush and the right-wing hawks.”
Later, he turned the Senate confrontation into a book titled, “Mr Galloway goes to Washington.”
The Senate subcommittee’s latest report accused Galloway of soliciting and garnering 23 million barrels of oil from Saddam’s government between 1999 and 2003 in exchange for his support.
Last September, as WorldNetDaily reported, actress Jane Fonda planned to join Galloway for a cross-country anti-war tour of the U.S.
“I’m really pleased and excited to be going back to America to campaign against this illegal war and occupation,” said Galloway. “And to have Jane Fonda join me is fantastic. I’ll be able to get that autograph at last. I’m sure that when the full implications of the constitutional settlement lashed-up by the puppet Iraqi government are understood that opposition will grow massively.”
In 2004, Galloway told an Arab TV audience that those who invaded Iraq will burn in hell. Referring to the insurgents fighting coalition soldiers as “Iraqi people” who are “resisting,” Galloway decried recent crackdowns in Fallujah, Ramadhi and Mosul, and claimed U.S. and British troops were “occupying every part of [Iraq] and regularly destroying cities.”