>> 25 Sep 2004


Like many other people, I was pretty sickened to hear UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan blathering on the BBC about how "We" felt that the war in Iraq was illegal. Here's a great article from the Wall Street Journal that cuts to the chase on another matter of right and wrong, in this case the UN's dealings with Saddam Hussein under the "Oil for bribes" programme it administered.

"It was in service of that U.N. mix of sanctions and humanitarian relief that Mr. Annan after visiting with Saddam in Iraq in 1998 returned to New York to report: "I think I can do business with him. And oh what a lot of business the U.N. did. Mr. Annan's Secretariat collected more than $1.4 billion in commissions on Saddam's oil sales, all to supervise the integrity of Saddam's $65 billion in oil sales and $46 billion in relief purchases."

Go and read the rest to glimpse the black heart of the UN.


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