Thursday, June 03, 2004
One of the unexplored stories of the ongoing events in Iraq is the UN food-for-oil scandal. This program was rife with corruption. Billions of dollars, instead of going for food to feed the people of Iraq, instead went into Saddam's pockets, and the pockets of some UN officials and other business/political types.
Well, the US apparently doesn't want to upset the UN now that they are preparing to turn over power in Iraq. Bremer has handed this investigation to the Iraqi Board of Supreme Audit, and not the IGC. The problem is that the IBSA has members who very well could have profited from the corruption. This 1,100 member body is a Saddam-era holdover. Are you kidding? Bremer's spokesman, Dan Senor, admitted that they cannot even name all the members of the board, but insists they've all been cleared of any links to Saddam.
So you can't name them, but they're OK? What kind of doublespeak is this??
But hey, don't take my word for it. Read about it yourself. This investigation HAS to move forward if the UN is to be trusted long-term ever again. And the US complicity in blocking it is abysmal.
If you'd like to read about the other Saddam-era scandal, involving oil vouchers, here's my old post. Note the involvment of French and Russian officials.