UNSCAM Continues Uncovered

The UN Oil-for-food scam–probably one of the largest cases of corruption in the history of international institutions, and a good indicator of the norms at the UN–has somehow been able to evade the public eye. Remember all of the press surrounding the Halliburton scandal? It was plastered all over the news. But now that the crime is to a power of ten larger, and involves internationally funded institutions and not a private company, nobody cares.
Claudia Rosett is, as far as I know, the only journalist that has continually covered the affair. In her article, Oil-for-Terror, Rosett points out that “It’s looking more and more as if one of the best reasons to get rid of Saddam Hussein was that it was probably the only way to get rid of Oil-for-Food. The problem wasn’t simply that this huge United Nations relief program for Iraq became a gala of graft, theft, fraud, palace-building and global influence-peddling–though all that was quite bad enough. The picture now emerging is that under U.N. management the Oil-for-Food program, which ran from 1996-2003, served as a cover not only for Saddam’s regime to cheat the Iraqi people, but to set up a vast and intricate global network of illicit finance.”
On a related note, the blogosphere has decided to fill the ditch left in UNSCAM coverage. Much respect to Acepilots, which maintains Friends of Saddam, and excellent resource to understand the scandal.

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