This is probably the biggest white collar crime
(theft) in recorded history ... and where is the
MSM? This should be on every TV station in
the world. This should wake everyone up to
the fact that the U.N. is a corrupt cesspool
and that it is WORSE than useless ...
Come Clean, Kofi
The U.N. secretary-general ducks responsibilty for the Oil for Food scam.
With estimates soaring of graft and fraud under the United Nations Oil for Food program in Iraq, we are hearing a lot about the need to "get to the
bottom" of this scandal, the biggest ever to hit the U.N. To get to that bottom will need a much harder look at the top--where Secretary-General Kofi
Annan himself resides.
That violates all sorts of taboos. But so, one might suppose, does a United Nations that allowed Saddam Hussein to embezzle at least $21.3 billion in
oil money during 12 years, with the great bulk of that sum--a staggering $17.3 billion--pilfered between 1997-2003, on Mr. Annan's watch.
These are the record-breaking new estimates released Monday by the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, whose staffers, despite Mr.
Annan's refusal to cooperate, have spent the past seven months voyaging deep into the muck of Oil for Food. At a hearing Monday, these investigators
surfaced to tell us the theft and fraud under Oil for Food was at least twice as bad as earlier reports had suggested, and that all this is just a
preview of yet more appalling disclosures they expect to release early next year. Sen. Norm Coleman, the subcommittee's chairman, underscored the
urgency of such investigations, noting not only that the size of the fraud "is staggering," but that some of Saddam's vast illicit stash might
right now be funding terrorists and costing American lives.
Mr. Annan, by contrast, seems to inhabit a different universe--one in which the chief problem lies not in the U.N.'s complicity, including his own,
in the biggest fraud in the history of humanitarian relief, but rather in the attempts to shine any light on all that sleaze. In Annan Land, there was
earlier this year no need for any probe into Oil for Food; and even now there is no need for any investigating beyond the U.N.'s own "independent
inquiry" into itself, led by former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, required to funnel its findings first through Mr. Annan, funded to the tune of $30
million out of one of the old Oil for Food accounts it is supposed to be investigating, and not planning to clock in with any specific results until
sometime next summer.
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[edit on 11/17/2004 by FlyersFan]