February 25, 2004

Oil for Food corruption...

This is something I have blogged about before here, here, here and here... Anyway, Roger L. Simon also is curious and today, he has an entry that brings new information to light: bq. Enron on the East River (UPDATED) I hate to be so "hobby-horsical" in the words of the great Laurence Sterne about the continued non-investigation of the UN Oil-for-Food scandal, but it seems to me if we're fighting a War on Terror, which is really a War on Fascism in its various forms, we should be paying special attention to the lifeblood of that system, which is money. Greed and racism are its twin hearts. Roger points to a wonderful article by Claudia Rosset in the Wall Street Journal's online Opinion Journal. bq. Roger:Among the several "discrepancies," she catches was a new one for me involving a mere 5 billion dollars, which appeared in the sales totals on Oil-for-Food kept by the U. N. Compensation Commission offices in Geneva. Rosset puts this in perspective: bq. Claudia:"OK, but in some quarters, if not at the U.N., $5 billion here or there is big money. Halliburton has been pilloried, and rightly so, over questions involving less than 1% of such amounts." bq. Roger:Have they ever! The NYT et al were all over Halliburton like the proverbial you-know-what. But with all their powers of investigative journalism, as far as I know, the same papers haven't really approached the UN scandal, not in any serious way. You would think they might now because, as Rosset notes, the very David Kay they quote endlessly on the subject of WMDs has pronounced the program a "scam." Read them both. Posted by DaveH at February 25, 2004 12:29 PM