Stephen Pollard, Harry's Place and Normblog have all drawn attention to a blatantly anti-semitic article by a former Ambassador in today's Independent which objects to the presence of two of the distinguished historians on the panel of the Iraq Enquiry on the grounds that they are Jews. And that's taken by the writer, Oliver Miles, as of itself proof that the panel is unbalanced. Presumably Miles thinks all Jews, and especially all zionists, think alike, and in ways not congenial to him. Here's what he has to say about it:
Rather less attention has been paid to the curious appointment of two historians (which seems a lot, out of a total of five), both strong supporters of Tony Blair and/or the Iraq war. In December 2004 Sir Martin Gilbert, 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 se em to rule him out as a member of the committee. Sir Lawrence Freedman is the reputed architect of the "Blair doctrine" of humanitarian intervention, which was invoked in Kosovo and Afghanistan as well as Iraq.
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.
All five members have outstanding reputations and records, but it is a pity that, if and when the inquiry is accused of a whitewash, such handy ammunition will be available. Membership should not only be balanced; it should be seen to be balanced.
Oliver Miles is Chairman of MEC International, a lobbying group which is mainly focused on lobbying on behalf of Arab and other Middle Eastern regimes and of companies which seek to do business with them. Inter alia it offers the services of a group of ambassadors:
MEC International therefore offers a holistic response to these challenges with an Ambassadorial Service run by senior Ambassadors and those with many years of experience in the region. Risk related questions receive a rapid response from a specially selected MEC task force headed in each case by a consultant ambassador.
This service offers a complete tailored response supported by MEC publications, its Analytical Group services and consultancy advice available through a hot line and through a team of selected senior consultants.
The first step is for a company to prepare a brief of its requirements to which an initial written response is prepared by MEC offering both the scope of the service and the personnel involved. For example, one company may wish to track key developments and build in risk protection across its operations in the Middle East to include Central Asia and Iran, Turkey, Israel, the Levant, the Gulf and the Maghreb. The MEC ambassadorial response may not be restricted to the company ’s main business sectors but will also look at wider but related developments including politics, economics, energy and technology which will impact the company’s level of political risk and future stability and development of the region.
The ambassadorial service seeks to identify important underlying developments and provide concise analytical insights to allow forward planning. The focus will vary from week to week changing with the issues of the day.As one example of this "ambassadorial service", Miles organized from an internet cafe in Tripoli the well remembered letter to Tony Blair signed by 52 ex-ambassadors, urging him to change his policies on Palestine and Iraq. In other words, Oliver Miles is the leader of the "Camel Corps" of bought and paid for former Foreign Office Arab lobbyists. What's the betting that he and his lobbying group gave substantial help to Peter Oborne for the recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme that UK politicians and media were bullied and controlled by a secretive lobby of Israeli government and associated British zionist businessmen?
Just for starters, that programme starred Sir Richard Dalton, the former Director General, now Director of the Libyan British Business Council. The Deputy Chairman of the Libyan British Business Council is none other than Oliver Miles whose MEC has played a major role in setting up and developing the lucrative business contracts that were finally put on offer once Britain agreed to release Abdelbasset El Megrahi to the Libyan regime.
The YouTube clip shows Oliver Miles shilling as a Libyan mouthpiece on the Iranian regime's propaganda channel Press TV, on a panel chaired by Yvonne Ridlley, suggesting that the evidence pointed away from Libya being the organizers of the PanAm 103 bombing.
Much more importantly, Oliver Miles and his MEC consulting lobbyist firm played a major role in setting up a very rosy and enticing portrayal of the trade opportunities in Libya offered to EU businesses. It was a report on the new opportunities following the co-operation contracts finally signed by the Libyans on the release of Megrahi to Libya by the UK. You can download and read the final draft report here. All the facts and data about Libya were supplied by the entirely trustworthy Libyan one-man dictatorship regime and its various wholly controlled agencies. Which means they are as likely to be reliable as were statistics of tractor production in the Urals in the Soviet Union under Stalin. As it was jointly sponsored by the EU, the creators of the report were obliged to consult Libyan "stakeholders". We're not given a very clear picture of how that was done, but back at page 92 of the report, following a good few pages of stupefying macroeconomic modelling equations, we can see a few squeaks of opposition from some brave souls who complained that the proposed Libyan plans would destroy the environment and further impoverish the poorest Libyans. With typical Civil Service finesse, the comments were simply marked "noted" and the report left intact.
What all this suggests is not so much that Miles is an anti-semite, but that he is a paid lobbyist mouthpiece for regimes which subscribe to and propagate anti-semitic conspiracy theories. And that the British government and the EU are partners with the Libyan dictatorship regime, whilst publicly taking a sniffy high moral stance about human rights and the like. In other words, it's evidence for a much more rational and low key version of the grossly exaggerated Eurabia thesis. It's not that Europe is becoming Islamised, as that the EU and member states like the UK trim their morals and their stances on Middle East issues to ensure that lucrative trade deals stay onside.
Meanwhile, both the Independent and the Guardian regularly publish this Arab regime lobbyist's articles, including those which express hostility to Jews, Israel and zionists, as if they were entirely bona fide disinterested analyses written by a man whose only interests have been representing the UK government.
Quite a few ex-Ambassadors take up part time consultancy for dubious regimes after they leave their posts. In most cases, they are awarded knighthoods or at least a certain amount of commemorative regalia. Why has Oliver Miles never been awarded such honours? Or is he just hiding the honours under a bushel?