Thursday, January 29, 2004

From blog correspondent Samer al-Batal
More about the BBC shakeup:

BBC in crisis, Blair in clear
Samer al-Batal: Big and unwelcome news from the U.K. After already being leaked out to The Sun, the British tabloid supportive of New Labour, the Hutton report has finally been released, with its judgement in Prime Minister Blair's favour, granting him the vindication he was looking for by not finding him or the British Government guilty of deliberate deception in the case for Iraq. More importantly, it also concluded he was not accountable in any measure for the leaking of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly's name and that Mr. Kelly was partly responsible for the unhappy situation at which he arrived. Now Blair looks for an apology from his accusers in Parliament.

His few statements however indicate that there is a slow recognition of the fact that the case for war was weak and flimsy and that the intelligence gathered (or concocted) was embarrasingly poor at best. But what pride these politicians display. According to the above report, and in an apparent departure from his tone prior to the war, Mr Blair momentarily demonstrates a clearer reception of reality (evidently not too often, according to this Guardian article) as he openly concedes the legitimacy of questioning the accuracy of the dossier in question and of arguing that the war was a mistake. But if there is one thing that is not to be questioned, the doubting of which would constitute bad form of the most egregious sort, it is Mr. Blair's seraphic and pristine sincerity, the solid integrity and unquestionable trustworthiness of the ringleader of Britian's least credible class of human beings. Methinks any politician who believes this much in himself must owe the perception of his own blamelessness to either a large ego or massive schizophrenic delusions.

The result is a massive blow for the B.B.C. Lord Hutton has weighed in heavily against it. Chairman Gavyn Davies tendered his resignation, expressing his reservations concerning the verdict.

One of these reservations, relating to Lord Hutton's consideration of the evidence at last summer's hearings, is fleshed out in a portion of this New York Times article. Read page 2 for the details. [End.]

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