Thursday, 26 November 2009

I'll take Anti-Semitism for 400....

Britain's former ambassador wrote the following in The Independent on Sunday:

Both Gilbert and Freedman are Jewish, and Gilbert at least has a record of active support for Zionism. Such facts are not usually mentioned in the mainstream British and American media, but The Jewish Chronicle and the Israeli media have no such inhibitions, and the Arabic media both in London and in the region are usually not far behind.

Who is Oliver Miles, Britain's former ambassafor to.........Libya. (Shocker).

For the Daily Double you may be asking who are these guys and why does it matter?
Gilbert and Freedman are members of the Chilcot inquiry (the inquiry into Britain's involement in the war in Iraq). Melanie Phillips picks up the ball on this one and lambasts Miles' pathetic writings:

Sir Martin Gilbert is one of Britain’s most distinguished historians, while Sir Lawrence Freedman also enjoys a stellar reputation as a professor of war studies. That is why they were appointed to the inquiry. But to Miles, they are suspect not just because Gilbert once compared Bush and Blair to Roosevelt and Churchill while Freedman was the supposed architect of intervention in Kosovo and Afghanistan (hello?) as well as Iraq (so it was All His Fault) but because they are Jews -- and even worse Gilbert supports Zionism.
This would appear to be part of the ‘Jewish conspiracy’ theory so fashionable in the UK intelligentsia that the war in Iraq only occurred as a result of pressure from a trans-national Jewish conspiracy acting in the interests of Israel to put the world at risk. The fact that Israel in fact advised at the time that it was Iran they were worried about rather than Iraq does not trouble the propounders of this malevolent libel.

The fact that a former representative of the British government - can write such brazen and ridiculous anti-Semitic garble, and that newspapers would actually publish it, should send chills up your spine.