George Galloway: 'It’s long past time for political freedom to be introduced in Syria'

George Galloway: 'It’s long past time for political freedom to be introduced in Syria'

A woman and child walking in the rubble of a Syrian city

Thursday, February 16, 2017

George Galloway has said that it's "long past time" for Syria to have political freedom. 

Syria has been locked in armed conflict for the past five years, with the government under Bashar Al-Assad battling against factions including rebels and Islamic State to gain control of the country. 

Our presenter said on his show the "pattern of dictatorship" had to end, but sometimes "you have to choose between bad and worse".

He said: “The Syrian regime is a dictatorship. It’s long past time for political freedom to be introduced in Syria. 

"The pattern of dictatorship, police states, grim dungeons, torture chambers, disappearances, political murders that are characteristic of almost every single Arab country have to come to an end.

"That doesn’t mean you can ask me to support the head-chopping, heart-eating maniacs of ISIS and al-Qaeda because they’ve taken up arms against a regime. 

"Very often in life – and the older I get, the more clear this is – you have choose between bad and worse. That is what I’ve done in relation to Syria.

"I have stood for the country, for its Arab republic, for its multi-faith, multicultural ethos and society against ISIS and Al-Qaeda. I would have been proud to have done so even if we had lost. But we have not lost."

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