Sunday, October 03, 2004

The Times of London reports about the Oil for Food Scandal. More word about France and Russia being implicated in the scandal. Are these the noble allies that Kerry says he wants welcome back into alliance with the USA? So getting their approval is passing the "global test?"

Read here:,,2089-1291280,00.html

Here is an excerpt:

A 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.

A senior UN official responsible for the scheme is identified as a major beneficiary. The report, marked “highly confidential”, also finds that the private office of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, profited from the cheap oil. Saddam’s regime awarded this oil during the run-up to the war when military action was being discussed at the UN.

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