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Thursday, April 15, 2004

More on UNSCAM 

At least that what some people are calling the UN Oil for Food Scandal... from Transterrestrial Musings.

In an earlier letter to Annan, to which he received no reply, Hankes-Drielsma noted that allocations of "very significant supplies of crude oil [were] made to ... individuals with political influence in many countries, including France and Jordan," both of which supported Saddam and his regime to the bitter end.

Under the U.N. program, the Dutch company Saybolt International BV was paid hefty fees to inspect oil tankers loading Iraqi crude in Basra, to make sure no cheating took place. "Now it turns out that the inspecting company was paid off," one investigator said, "while on the ground, individual inspectors were getting cash bribes." Saybolt denies it received an oil allocation, although the Iraqi documents show it was down for 3 million barrels.

Personally... this doesn't make me feel very good about John Kerry's promise to have more international cooperation, and to get the UN more heavily involved in Iraq. It is pretty clear that the UN is irresponsible, and would do much more harm than good given their recent history there. Maybe Kerry should rethink his stance.

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