Thursday, December 02, 2004

Kofi's Oil-for-Fraud Program

The last four years have been nothing short of a crash course in realpolitik. While many lessons have been learned, and many more will be learned before all is said and done, there is one lesson that most of us have learned all too clearly:

The United Nations generally, and Kofi Annan specifically, are corrupt, and embody everything that is wrong with international politics.

One of the myths propagated by the left before, during, and after Operation Iraqi Freedom was that the United States was nothing short of a brutish, imperial power seeking to line its own pockets with money gained from the sale of Iraqi oil -- which, of course, was the only reason the U.S. was planning on going to war in the first place. Indeed, the "no blood for oil" mantra got considerable airtime, particularly from the Michael Moore crowd and its sympathizers in the media. Annan, with help from France, Germany, Russia, and other pro-terrorist states, lectured the U.S. about the potential for massive loss of life, begged for more time to allow so-called weapons inspectors to do their work, and told us that invading a sovereign nation was not the answer to perceived problems (imagine, being lectured to by France, Germany, and Russia about invasion and genocide).

Fortunately, we didn't listen to them, and the right thing was done. In doing the right thing, however, we also uncovered what could modestly be called the most expensive and most pervasive scam in human history. The U.N.'s Oil-for-Food Program, created in the mid-1990s to (theoretically) help Iraqi citizens by providing food and medicine banned under post-Gulf War Security Council sanctions, was revealed to be nothing more than a cover for corruption. Whatever its original purpose, it became a way for Saddam Hussein to essentially bribe foreign countries and governments, obtain sanctioned contraband, bring outsiders into his orbit . . . and bide his time until the world wasn't looking to do . . . well, to do whatever he wanted, really.

It was bad enough to learn that foreign governments (such as the oh-so-benevolent France, Germany, and Russia, all of whom, we have since learned, were fighting to protect business contracts made with Saddam's regime) and companies were on the receiving end of some of Saddam's capital, but it has become clear that the U.N. has had its hands in the muck for quite some time now, and it's looking like Annan knew exactly what was going on. If you doubt Annan's involvement, I encourage you to watch very closely the ongoing investigations by both the United States Senate, which has made some interesting findings, and the U.N.-hired patsy investigator, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who has gotten nowhere. Or perhaps you might want to check out the large sums of money that were illicitly being sent in the direction of Annan's son, Kojo Annan.

What has emerged thus far is a simple but telling picture: Annan and the U.N. wanted to avoid war with Iraq, not because they thought war was wrong, but because they had yet to cover their tracks, and were hoping to buy enough time to allow them to erase their fingerprints. The full story has yet to be told, but rest assured that it will be. And once we get to the bottom of this, the following changes must (and hopefully will) be made:

1) Kofi Annan must go, and

2) the U.N.'s power apparatus must be dramatically restructured.

For the sake of the world and international relations, let's hope these changes happen, and soon.


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