Skip to comments.UN Oil-For-Peace Movement Scandal
Posted on 04/29/2004 3:51:57 PM PDT by crispinblackstar
No Peace for Oil
April 29, 2004
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by Michael P. Tremoglie and Chris Blackburn
Next time there is a television newscast of an anti-Iraq war demonstration, imagine a voice saying: this event is sponsored by Saddam Hussein and the United Nations. According to the latest reports from Baghdad, Washington, and New York there is a good possibility that is exactly what is occurring.
The UN administered Oil-for-Food program, which was originally designed to assist Iraqis who were starving because of the UN imposed economic sanctions of Saddam Hussein, was used as a slush fund by Hussein to bribe UN, French, Russian officials and to fund groups protesting the American intervention in Iraq. The purpose was to influence the world community to keep Hussein and his Baathist thugs in power. This scandal involves some of the UNs highest officials including Kojo Anan, the son of UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan.
The oil-for-food program was an exemption from the U.N. sanctions that allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil to buy food and medicine for Iraqis, and to pay reparations to victims of the 1991 Gulf War. Inexplicably the program was designed so that Saddam Hussein determined who the suppliers would be and who could purchase the Iraqi oil. A U.N. committee administered the contracts.
However, investigators of the United States General Accounting Office, and those hired by the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC), have determined that there was a corruption of this humanitarian effort of a massive and unprecedented scale. They have estimated that the Baathists illegally collected $10.1 billion through the program, which they subsequently used for various nefarious purposes. The scheme was that those who the received the bribes and kickbacks were paid in coupons for barrels of oil. These coupons could be traded in the world market for cash.
Claude Hankes-Drielsma, who is managing the IGC investigation by forensic accountants of the international accounting firm KPMG, was quoted as saying, "From the evidence I have so far, the report will produce some of the most disturbing information that you have ever seen. He is scheduled to testify at a Congressional hearing of this scandal chaired by Congressman Christopher Shays later in April.
In January, the Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada compiled a list of 270 international figures who had been illegally receiving money from the Oil-for-Food scheme. Among those named as recipients were some who attended a conference in Madrid, March 16. The conference sponsored by the Arab Cause Solidarity Committee was titled International Meeting Against the War, and was to proclaim, rejection of the United States determination to attack, invade, and occupy Iraq.
Among the attendee/recipients were:
· George Galloway, the former UK Labour MP who has already been accused of taking bribes from Saddam Hussein. Galloway became the British figurehead of the International anti-war movement. (His American counterpart the former Attorney General Ramsey Clark also attended the Madrid summit - although thus far he has not been listed as an oil-for-food recipient.)
· Fawaz Zereiqat, who is alleged to be Galloways go-between for the bribes
· Basem Qaqish, who received one million barrels of Iraqi oil. Qaqish belongs to the Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe (Committee for Solidarity with the Arab Cause).
· Shaker Al-Khaffaji, who also received 1 million barrels. Al-Khaffaji financed former American UN inspector, and vociferous war critic Scott Ritters, In Shifting Sands a documentary which opposed the Iraqi sanctions. He also contributed to the election campaign of Democratic Congressman James McDermott who was a critic of the war and President Bush. McDermott is most notable for saying, during a visit to Baghdad, that President Bush was lying about the war.
In addition to funding the anti-war operation, there is another concern by investigators that some of the oil-for-food funds are being used to finance the Baathist guerrillas in Iraq who are killing the coalition troops. This has been considered since the French bank, which was used as a trustee, BNP, has not furnished its records to investigators.
There are many questions that now need to be answered because of these revelations. Questions such as:
· Is it possible that Saddam Hussein and his Baathists financed the global anti-Iraq war faction and are financing the terrorists in Iraq from the illicit profits made from skimming from a UN humanitarian program?
· Was the UN program merely laundering funds for Baathist surrogates?
· Were UN officials complicit in perpetuating genocide to enrich themselves?
The American and UN inquiries will have to provide those answers. Meanwhile the next time some vacuous pacifist asks why do the Iraqis hate us, you can reply that the only Iraqis who hate us are those who were interrupted from looting billions of dollars intended to help starving Iraqis.
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More Oil For Food money at work...?
Maybe we can show them how "Heads will roll", in America.
I look forward to photos of them in prison.
All of them.
With underwear on their heads as a tribute to Abu Ghraib!
If you have not already done so, please sign the petition to get the stinking, corrupt to the core UN out of the USA. Let's help relocate these anti-American thugs to some 3rd world shithole where they belong.
[[It really burns my butt that no matter how many times i bring it up liberals still refuse to even aknowledge the oil for food scandal.]]
Yeah, the very same liberals that called for the head of Ken Lay and all Enron executives day after day after day.
"[[It really burns my butt that no matter how many times i bring it up liberals still refuse to even aknowledge the oil for food scandal.]]"
Oil for food, Rape, sexual assault in the UN building, the missing black box from Rwanada, ignoring Rwandan genocide, etc etc etc. Next up Zimbabwe.
Tidbit. Clinton has an honorary citizenship to Rwanda.
A few years back the congressional black caucus quietly gave Robert Mugabe some kind of award. Mugabe wasn't allowed to attend but but Tom Daschle and Al Gore were a couple of notable speakers.
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