The Guardian on Saturday printed an interesting debate between George Galloway and Tory MP Mark Pritchard. Galloway exposes well the hypocrisy of using “the armed forces of dictatorships against another dictatorship in the name of democracy”. He also points out the double standards of those clamouring for imperialist intervention in Libya: “If Saudi Arabia fires on protesters there will not be many Tory MPs calling for a no-fly zone in Saudi Arabia.”
It’s worth noting that Galloway subscribes to the view of the overwhelming majority of the left in Britain in wishing for Gadaffi’s downfall. His position is obviously that it is possible for the Libyan people to overthrow the existing regime and replace it with something more progressive, democratic etc, and that the West is looking to intervene in order to ensure that this does not happen and that their interests are protected. Certainly this would explain the bolstering of reactionary elements of the Libyan resistance.
Read the exchange here.