Boston's Faneuil Hall, built in 1742, is known as the "Cradle of Liberty." It was there that Samuel Adams and other patriots fomented the American Revolution.
On Tuesday, Sept 13, 2005, British Member of Parliament (MP) George Galloway, flanked by a bust of John Adams and a portrait of George Washington, defiled Faneuil Hall by bouncing a torrent of anti-U.S, anti-West pro-Islamist invective off its hallowed walls.
The event, sponsored by the radical-Left Traprock Peace Center, the International Socialist Review, and the anti-Israel National Council of Arab Americans, began with a cavalcade of minor anti-U.S., anti-Western, and anti-Israel speakers.
Annie Zirin, a Marxist and self-hating Jew who once wrote, "The U.S. Constitution has prevailed not because of its inherent greatness, but because it has continued to meet the needs of the (capitalist) class that wrote it," took the stage first and compared the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the Iraq War by saying, "How can we transport 250,000 soldiers to Iraq but we can't evacuate the poor and sick from New Orleans?" Zirin did not mention that 250,000 troops were not transported to Iraq in a matter of days, while Katrina's victims were transported out of New Orleans in less than a week.
Up next was Eriko Nagai representing the Campus Anti-War Network, a group at the forefront of the leftist-run Counter-Recruitment drive that is sweeping through U.S. high schools and universities. During her brief speech, Nagai spoke about the New Orleans disaster in terms of race and class, saying both played a major role in determining the fate of people in post-Katrina New Orleans. Racism was at least a subtle component of everyone's speeches, and in that respect Nagai's speech hinted at what was to come.
The crowd rose to its feet and howled its approval when Boston City Councilman Chuck Turner took the stage categorizing America as "an obscenity". Said Turner, "The reality is, we have to cleanse the soul of America. Our soul is covered in militarism, economic exploitation and racism. We need to cleanse ourselves. We need to acknowledge the obscenity that America is. We need to acknowledge that people around the world acknowledge that America the beautiful is America the obscene...we are obscene, we are a joke to the rest of the world." Turner then went on to claim that local, state and federal officials plotted and carried out the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. When he said this, many people in the crowd nodded in agreement. Turner left the stage to a thunderous ovation. He was followed by long-time leftist activist, avowed Socialist and Brown University Professor of English Literature William Keach.
Keach is known for controversial remarks he made shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. While addressing a student protest against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan - a protest he helped organize and cancelled classes to attend - Keach said, "What happened on September 11 was terrorism, but what happened during the Gulf War was also terrorism."
During Tuesday night's event, Keach gave a rambling speech filled with leftist platitudes concerning the Iraq war and the Bush administration. He urged the crowd to confront the "war criminals in the Oval Office" and encouraged them to oppose the "pro-war Democrats" who helped make Operation Iraqi Freedom a reality.
When he finished speaking Keach passed the microphone to Prof. Naseer Aruri of the National Council of Arab Americans, a virulently anti-Israel organization with close ties to the leftist International ANSWER.
Conveniently ignoring the fact that there hasn't been an Islamist terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11th, 2005 Aruri accused the Bush Administration of making the U.S. less safe from terrorists. In the course of his speech Aruri repeatedly referred to Islamist terrorists as "so-called terrorists," and blamed the existence of Israel, and U.S. support for Israel as the primary causes of Islamist "so-called" terror. Aruri castigated the Bush administration for denying terrorist suspects "human rights," classifying them as "enemy combatants," and housing them in "gulags." He also accused Bush of creating far more terrorists than had existed before the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
When Aruri finished speaking, George Galloway took the stage and began a withering verbal assault on the U.S., Great Britain, Israel, and the West at large.
Galloway is best known for his support of terrorists whom he refers to as "the Iraqi resistance," his admiration for Saddam Hussein, his allegedly substantial involvement in the "Oil-for-Food" scandal, and his seething hatred of the West. "It’s not the Muslims who are the terrorist," says Galloway. "The biggest terrorists are Bush, and Blair, and Berlusconi, and Aznar, but it is definitely not a clash of civilizations. George Bush doesn’t have any civilization, he doesn’t represent any civilization." During Tuesday's speech, Galloway reinforced many of these points. He lambasted Israel and U.S. support for it and lamented that though Israel has the biggest cache of WMDs in the Middle East, it has never been brought before the U.N. to face sanctions. (Galloway conveniently ignored the fact that Israel has never used its WMDs, even though it has been under assault by homicidal Palestinians intent on its destruction for more than forty years). Galloway praised Cindy Sheehan and urged the crowd to attend nation-wide antiwar rallies planned for September 24 and 25. He laid blame for the Katrina disaster on George Bush. He blamed the cause of the 9/11 attacks on U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed as being responsible for having "created the swamp of radical Islam" from which the 9/11 attackers arose. He blamed the creation of "hundreds of thousands" of "new terrorists" on Bush's War on Terror. He finished the speech with a rhetorical declaration of war against the U.S. by saying, "You are either with your country going around the world occupying countries and stealing their things or you're against it."
Galloway left the stage to a long standing ovation. Since he clearly sides with the suicide bombers, the beheaders and other psychopaths that murder civilians in Iraq and elsewhere, a wave of horror washed over me when I realized that the people in the generally well dressed, well educated crowd cheering Galloway were, in essence, cheering for their own deaths.
Afterwards, people lined up to have copies of Galloway's booklet, "Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington," signed by him. The book-signing line stretched to the back of the hall where there was plenty of Marxist and other leftist literature for sale.
I've never been truly bothered by street-protest crowds of predominantly young people wearing silly costumes, marching with signs and mouthing platitudes like, "No Blood for Oil!" Most of them will abandon such pursuits as life's responsibilities mount. But watching the mostly older adult audience in Faneuil Hall cheer Mr. Galloway, who sides with Muslim fanatics, was disturbing to the extreme -- as was watching these same adults, ensconced in the "Cradle of Liberty," rise to their feet in approval as speaker after speaker told them what an evil, unworthy, racist oppressive place America is.
Rocco DiPippo, a free-lance political writer, publishes The Autonomist blog and is a contributor to David Horowitz’s Moonbat Central group blog.