FROM A CORRESPONDENT:
Just saw the Alan Duncan video and was amazed. Even much of the better rhetoric we hear about Palestine from politicians these days is still sugar-coated in mind-numbing “pro-Israel”, “pro-peace process” cant. But in this case I was with him virtually word-for-word. The interviewer threw in the “peace process” and the “terrorism” chestnuts and he just batted them away. It was like he’d suddenly ceased to be a politician.
How unexpected considering he’s a Tory, a former oilman, belongs to the Thatcherite ‘Conservative Way Forward’ group, is a well known Atlanticist and friend of John Kerry, and has racked up a small fortune in corporate donations and taxpayer expenses.
But then scratch below the surface and you see he comes from a liberal family, is a passionate gay rights activist, wants to get rid of the monarchy, and was heavily spied on, according to Wikileaks, by the US embassy, which drew up a dossier on him (“What role would Duncan play if the Conservatives form a government? What are Duncan’s political ambitions?”)
Unfortunately though there remain those who would look a gift horse in the mouth.
Ali Abunimah has been firing away at the Swedish government:
‘By Recognizing “State of Palestine”, Sweden Could Harm Palestinians’
And Galloway’s rationale for abstaining tomorrow on British recognition of Palestine is maddening (though I think he’s very astute here on the matter of Turkey and the Kurds):
It’s as if nothing short of an immediate ‘one-state’ solution will do, and they’re determined now to bludgeon the Palestinians (after 35+ years of building a political/legal consensus) in the name of liberating them.