Monday, October 04, 2004
Saddam 'bought UN allies' with oil
The UN Oil for for Food scandal grows. It's becoming harder to claim deniability and harder to hide the mounting evidence. The French, Russians and Germans will have a lot of explaining to do. Journalists too, have been implicated.
At the center of it all, acting as a circus ringleaders, is the UN.
The world body is mired in self serving deceit and bald faced lies.
All the while, Israel, defending herself, tops the agenda and the Darfurese die because the UN can't be bothered.
From the Sunday Times
LEAKED report has exposed the extent of alleged corruption in the United Nations' oil-for-food scheme in Iraq, identifying up to 200 individuals and companies that made profits running into hundreds of millions of pounds from it.
The report largely implicates France and Russia, whom Saddam Hussein targeted as he sought support on the UN Security Council before the Iraq war. Both countries were influential voices against UN-backed action.
It details a catalogue of alleged bribery and corruption perpetrated by Saddam under the UN programme, revealing how the regime lined its pockets and those of influential politicians, journalists and UN officials.
Last week Claude Hankes-Drielsma, an Iraqi government adviser who worked on the investigation, confirmed the report as genuine. "The records demonstrate that the UN oil-for-food programme provided Saddam with a vehicle to buy support internationally by bribing political parties, companies, journalists and other individuals,” he said. “This shows the need for a complete review of the UN."
There's lots more. Read it here