Ob­jec­tiv­ity ques­tioned

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learn to abide by the rules and not cause these dis­tur­bances to other pas­sen­gers and the crew who must dread be­ing al­lo­cated these flights.

Dr James Vaughan (JC Feb 17) re­ports that, in 1981, John Robin­son’s in­fa­mous tele­gram “Can Is­rael Sur­vive?” was sum­marised by the For­eign Of­fice’s Oliver Miles. Miles wrote of “Zion­ist in­ge­nu­ity and ruth­less­ness” which might pre­vail in the short term.

Miles was not the un­emo­tional and ob­jec­tive observer he claimed to be. An Ox­ford ed­u­cated Ara­bist, his For­eign Of­fice post­ings in­cluded Jor­dan, Ye­men, Aden and Saudi Ara­bia, be­fore he was ap­pointed Am­bas­sador to Libya in 1984.

In 2004, Miles was the in­sti­ga­tor of an ill-judged open let­ter to Tony Blair, ex­press­ing what the Sun de­scribed as “poi­sonous views” on the gov­ern­ment’s Mid­dle East poli­cies. Five years later, he ques­tioned the ap­point­ments of Sir Martin Gilbert and Sir Lawrence Freed­man to the Iraq in­quiry panel, cit­ing their Jewish background.

Stu­art Lyons CBE,

Lon­don SW10

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