LONDON – Maverick British lawmaker George Galloway (search), who captured headlines this month during a fiery Senate appearance, plans on continuing his anti-war theme in a summer speaking tour of the United States.
Galloway appeared after the Senate committee released documents it claimed showed he and other international figures received valuable oil allocations from Saddam Hussein (search) as a reward for opposing U.N. sanctions on Iraq. Galloway allegedly received 20 million barrels' worth between 2000 and 2003.
He vehemently denied the accusations and went on to accuse the U.S. of crimes in Iraq.
"As Oscar Wilde said, sometimes the most bitter trials turn out to be blessings in disguise," Galloway said Thursday. "In America, people pay huge sums of money to hear you speak."
Galloway said his talks would focus on America "and the way in which the United States has dragged us into disaster."
"They think they rule the world and everyone is afraid of them. But I'm not afraid," he said.
The lawmaker was re-elected to parliament this month as a representative of his own anti-war party Respect after being expelled from Prime Minister Tony Blair's (search) Labour Party over his opposition to the war in Iraq. He said he plans to publish a book about his victory in the previously safe Labour seat of Bethnal Green and Bow in east London.