Friday, November 17, 2006

Surprised? No, not really.

Reuters:
KOLKATA, India, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of communists marched in the Indian city of Kolkata on Thursday demanding that Saddam Hussein's death sentence be lifted.

India's left parties, which won a record number of parliamentary seats in the 2004 elections, have a long history of opposing American foreign policy and have held huge protests in recent years against U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Protesters shouted "Hang Bush and Blair, release Saddam" as they marched in the heart of Kolkata, capital of the communist-ruled state of West Bengal.

11 Comments:

Anonymous verity said...

Did they - uh - give any reason for their wish to have Saddam released despite being found guilty of crimes against humanity?

The left always was dreary and boring, but I hadn't realised that they were this far out of ideas.

9:34 pm  
Blogger JohnM said...

Odd really

Leave a colonial legacy of nascent industry and infrastructure and they despise us for exploiting them.

Leave a legacy of European political movements of Nationalism and Communism and they can't get enough of it.

12:49 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

Off-topic.

Was I the only one who felt slightly nauseated at the sight of Gordon Brown schmoozing with British troops in Iraq?

I am prepared to be corrected on this, but I am fairly sure this is the first time that Brown has ever paid a visit to a British garrison, home or abroad.

I hope the Labour Party funded this visit - I cannot think why he should need to visit Iraq in his capacity as Chancellor.

I can only presume this was a campaigning exercise. If this is the case, will tax-payers' dosh be coughed up to fund visits by Reid, Blears, Hain and all the rest of the wannabe leaders?

If so, why so?

9:08 pm  
Anonymous Umbongo said...

Cf

It's alright - Gordo offered Iraq an investment of £100 million of our money so he must have been on government (as opposed to personal) business: the expense claim (for travel and subsistence) will be in his tax return for 2006/7. On second thoughts: technically, since this is part of his application to be prime minister, a part of his expenses must be for private purposes. I'm sure though that HM Revenue & Customs will be its usual thorough self when it comes to Gordo's tax affairs.

3:07 pm  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

Umbongo,

Surely you are not refering to scurrulous suggestions that Gordo uses the Smith (John not Adam) Foundation for his own political benefit despite it having charitable status?

6:23 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

No,Clematis Fraud. You're far from being the only one.

Also, it gave Gordon to crack his face and show his bleached teeth. I had thought it was a complete waste of money, him having his teeth whitened, as he had never been known to smile, but there you go - dazzling in the desert. I think he looks even more revolting smiling than he does with a dour face.

8:15 pm  
Blogger Freudian Slip said...

That's so strange to hear. Who can feel good about that?
Matt

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Blogger mewmewmew said...

I am prepared to be corrected on this, but I am fairly sure this is the first time that Brown has ever paid a visit to a British garrison, home or abroad.



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