Friday, September 16, 2005
Via Zemblan patriot J.D.: for reasons we frankly fail to apprehend, the Telegraph is running the story excerpted below under the headline "Galloway v Hitchens Debate on Iraq Fails to Rise above Trade-off of Insults" -- as if anyone would want to read it otherwise:
"You did write like an angel," Mr Galloway told his opponent as they exchanged insults over the war in Iraq. "You're now working for the Devil and damn you."The more high-minded reader, who turns to the Independent for pith and substance, was not obliged until paragraph fifteen:
"The battle over which of us can be the ruder - I have already conceded that to him," parried Mr Hitchens. "The battle over which of us is the more cerebral he has already conceded to me."
The MP, expelled from the Labour Party for calling on British troops to defy orders, is on a nationwide tour to promote his book Mr Galloway Goes to Washington: The Brit Who Set Congress Straight about Iraq.
He is still basking in the glory of his May appearance before the Senate when he lambasted the war and called Mr Hitchens "a drink-soaked, former Trotskyist popinjay" in a brief encounter before his testimony.
"I am delighted to be called a popinjay in the proper sense of that word, which means a target for archery or shot," Mr Hitchens, a cheerleader for the war and now regarded by many of his old comrades as a traitor.
Mr Hitchens was once an elegant "butterfly", continued Mr Galloway. But "he had now done something unique in natural history: he is responsible for the first ever metamorphosis of a butterfly back into a slug. The one thing a slug does is leave a trail of slime behind it.
"I was told by my father never to wrestle with a chimney sweep, because you always come away dirty. You are not a chimney sweep. That is not coal dust on you. You are covered with stuff you like to smear on others."
Mr Galloway accused Mr Hitchens of "Goebbelian tricks". Mr Hitchens fired back by accusing Mr Galloway of courting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the "human toothbrush, the slobbering dauphin son of a slobbering tyrant".
"For Mr Hitchens to use the word 'slobbering' is not wise," Mr Galloway said.
Known as "Gorgeous George" for his taste in expensive tailoring, Mr Galloway was turned out in an immaculate light brown suit with matching tie. Mr Hitchens dressed down for the evening in slacks and a sweaty, open-neck blue shirt.Categories: Hitchens, Galloway