- The Jerusalem Post reported today that Sir
Oliver Miles, a former British ambassador to Libya criticized the appointment
of two leading Jewish academics to the UK's Iraq Inquiry panel, stating
it may upset the balance of the inquiry.
- Miles said the two academics were Jewish and thatGilbert
was an active Zionist. He also said they were both strong supporters
of former prime minister Tony Blair and the Iraq war.
- "It is a pity that, if and when the inquiry is
accused of a whitewash, such handy ammunition will be available,"
he added. "Membership should not only be balanced; it should be seen
to be balanced."
- The former ambassador also said that having two historians
in a panel of five "seems a lot" and also questioned the Jewish
- "In December 2004 Sir Martin, while pointing out
that the 'war on terror' was not a third world war, wrote that Bush and
Blair 'may well, with the passage of time and the opening of the archives,
join the ranks of Roosevelt and Churchill' - an eccentric opinion
that would seem to rule him out as a member of the committee. Sir
Lawrence is the reputed architect of the 'Blair doctrine' of humanitarian
intervention, which was invoked in Kosovo and Afghanistan as well as Iraq,"
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