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Kofi Annan's Oil-For-Food Corruption/Oil, Food and a Whole Lot of Questions
The EIB Network ^ | 2-22-03 | Rush Limbaugh/Claudia Rosett

Posted on 04/22/2003 9:53:14 PM PDT by jmstein7

My [wife] caught a report by Fox News Channel's Eric Shawn about the U.N. oil-for-food program. This hasn't been picked up anywhere, but it will come as a blockbuster revelation for anyone wondering why the French, Germans and Russians stood in the way of liberating Iraq. This program was supposed to help the starving Iraqi people. Instead, it was a cash cow.

This is why I always tell you: follow the money. Kofi Annan personally oversaw this program, and okayed requests under this program for things like laser light show equipment and cartoon making apparatus for Baghdad Bob. The United Nations also reaped a tidy 2.2% windfall off every drop of Iraqi oil sold.

Annan operated in secret, accountable to nobody. He's refused all requests to make records of this sweet deal public. The UN thinks of itself as unaccountable to anyone, but who keeps watch on whether they're helping the people where they deploy? Claudia Rosett's New York Times column which you can hear me read below - "Oil, Food and a Whole Lot of Questions" - reports that this program put "a veil of secrecy over tens of billions of dollars in contracts is an invitation to kickbacks, political back-scratching and smuggling done under cover of relief operations."

Rosett: "I found nothing that would seem to contradict General Tommy Franks's comment that the system should have been named the 'oil-for-palace program.'" This is why we don't want Hans Blix or Koffi Annan anywhere near Iraq. The US is pushing to lift 12-year-old sanctions while the same Russians and French who wanted to lift the sanctions they blamed for Iraqi suffering under Saddam want to keep them in place! Reuters reports that Annan is at the Security Council talking about getting oil flowing again. There is no way Annan wants this embargo to end, because that would end the oil-for-food cash pipeline. This is a huge, huge untold story.

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Oil, Food and a Whole Lot of Questions By CLAUDIA ROSETT

President Bush's call to lift economic sanctions against Iraq could mean the end of the United Nations oil-for-food program, which has overseen the country's oil sales since 1996. Not only are France and Russia likely to object, but they may well support efforts by Secretary General Kofi Annan to modify the oil-for-food system, which is due to expire on May 12, and give it a large role in rebuilding the country. Whatever Mr. Annan's reasons for wanting to reincarnate the operation, before he makes his case there's something he needs to do: open the books.

The oil-for-food program is no ordinary relief effort. Not only does it involve astronomical amounts of money, it also operates with alarming secrecy. Intended to ease the human cost of economic sanctions by letting Iraq sell oil and use the profits for staples like milk and medicine, the program has morphed into big business. Since its inception, the program has overseen more than $100 billion in contracts for oil exports and relief imports combined.

It also collects a 2.2 percent commission on every barrel — more than $1 billion to date — that is supposed to cover its administrative costs. According to staff members, the program's bank accounts over the past year have held balances upward of $12 billion. With all that money pouring straight from Iraq's oil taps — thus obviating the need to wring donations from member countries — the oil-for-food program has evolved into a bonanza of jobs and commercial clout. Before the war it employed some 1,000 international workers and 3,000 Iraqis. (The Iraqi employees — charged with monitoring Saddam Hussein's imports and distribution of relief goods — of course all had to be approved by the Baath Party.)

Initially, all contracts were to be approved by the Security Council. Nonetheless, the program facilitated a string of business deals tilted heavily toward Saddam Hussein's preferred trading partners, like Russia, France and, to a lesser extent, Syria. About a year ago, in the name of expediency, Mr. Annan was given direct authority to sign off on all goods not itemized on a special watch list. Yet shipments with Mr. Annan's go-ahead have included so-called relief items such as "boats" and boat "accessories" from France and "sport supplies" from Lebanon (sports in Iraq having been the domain of Saddam's Hussein's sadistic elder son, Uday).

On Feb. 7, with war all but inevitable, Mr. Annan approved a request by the regime for TV broadcasting equipment from Russia. Was this material intended to shore up the propaganda machine Saddam Hussein had built in recent years? After all, the United Nations in 2000 and 2001 approved more than a dozen contracts with Jordan and France for Iraq to import equipment for "educational TV."

It is impossible to find out for certain. The quantities of goods involved in shipments are confidential, and almost all descriptions on the contract lists made public by the United Nations are so generic as to be meaningless. For example, a deal with Russia approved last Nov. 19 was described on the contract papers with the enigmatic notation: "goods for resumption of project." Who are the Russian suppliers? The United Nations won't say. What were they promised in payment? That's secret.

I was at least able to confirm that the shipment of Russian TV equipment approved in February was not delivered before the war started. A press officer told me that batch didn't actually get to Iraq because United Nations processing is so slow that "it usually takes three to four months" before the purchases start to arrive.

Bureaucratic lags notwithstanding, putting a veil of secrecy over tens of billions of dollars in contracts is an invitation to kickbacks, political back-scratching and smuggling done under cover of relief operations. Of course, with so little paperwork made public, it is impossible to say whether there has been any malfeasance so far — but I found nothing that would seem to contradict Gen. Tommy Franks's comment that the system should have been named the "oil-for-palace program." Why, for example, are companies in Russia and Syria — hardly powerhouses in the automotive industry — listed as suppliers of Japanese vehicles? Why are desert countries like Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia delivering powdered milk?

And then there is this menacing list of countries that supplied "detergent": Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Algeria, Yemen and Sudan. Maybe all that multisourced soap was just a terrific bargain for doing the laundry. But there is no way for any independent parties — including the citizens of Iraq, whose money was actually spent on the goods — to know.

Mr. Annan's office does share more detailed records with the Security Council members, but none of those countries makes them public. There is no independent, external audit of the program; financial oversight goes to officials from a revolving trio of member states — currently South Africa, the Philippines and, yes, France.

As for the program's vast bank accounts, the public is told only that letters of credit are issued by a French bank, BNP Paribas. Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq, entitled to goods funded by 13 percent of the program's revenues, have been trying for some time to find out how much interest they are going to receive on $4 billion in relief they are still owed. The United Nations treasurer told me that that no outside party, not even the Kurds, gets access to those figures.

Then there is the program's compensation commission, which is supposed to dole out 25 percent of all oil-for-food proceeds to people and companies harmed by Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. It has so far dispensed $17.5 billion and approved a further $26.2 billion. Who decides on compensation claims? Commission members are picked from a "register of experts" supplied by Mr. Annan. One staff member told me that that this register cannot be released because it is "not public." The identities of the individual claimants are, of course, "confidential."

Lifting the sanctions would take away the United Nations' remaining leverage in Iraq. If the oil-for-food operation is extended, however, it will have a tremendous influence on shaping the new Iraq. Before that is allowed to happen, let's see the books.

Claudia Rosett, a former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, is writing a book on dictatorships and democracy.

1 posted on 04/22/2003 9:53:14 PM PDT by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
TENS OF BILLIONS of dollars in contracts BUMP!!

GET THE US OUT OF THE UN, GET THE UN OUT OF THE US NOW!

2 posted on 04/22/2003 9:58:04 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Humidston
Why doesn't the U.S. demand an accounting in detail at the security council?
Even if it is vetoed, the light shining on the cockroaches would be at least entertaining, and at best enormously educational.
3 posted on 04/22/2003 10:07:46 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Californians are as dumm as a sack of rocks)
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To: Publius6961
Somehow I think Bush is working on those details as we speak, Publius. I suspect Bush is totally fed up with that bunch! They've done everything in their power to derail his good intentions. And they've done it because of their graft and selfishness - those puffed-up, pompus elitists!

If Bush can pull it off, I trust him and I believe he will.
4 posted on 04/22/2003 10:13:01 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Humidston
Every FReeper should read this thread BUMP!
5 posted on 04/22/2003 10:14:39 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: jmstein7
Rosett's NYTimes article was posted several times last Thursday but attracted little comment. I'm glad to see it is picking up steam. Claudia was on Kudlow and Cramer, Batchelor and Alexander (frequently), and Scarboro Country tonight, and probably other programs too. She has more to say than what was in the NYTimes

More to come.
6 posted on 04/22/2003 10:14:49 PM PDT by Poincare ((not a good time for a Frenchish screen name))
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To: Poincare
Well Rush sure is on the bandwagon! He was literally furious today. I wish I could've heard the whole program without all the storm static in our area.

And I suspect he'll continue to rant at least through tomorrow...
7 posted on 04/22/2003 10:17:13 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Humidston
Heard Rush tallking about this today..I wonder how many of the rats here in America objected to the war in Iraq for the same reasons.

So long as the oil contracts flowed, the "no blood for oil" lefties looked on while Saddam starved and slaughtered his own...

8 posted on 04/22/2003 10:27:29 PM PDT by hope (see the implosion of the left, their god Marduk has been utterly put to shame !)
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To: hope
bump
9 posted on 04/22/2003 10:42:08 PM PDT by Timothy
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To: hope
Something tells me this stink will reach far and wide. After all, when you wave BILLIONS through a trailer park, every snake in the UN, Dem Party, and all their wannabes will be running to get it!

I wonder how Clintoon(s) will figure into it - when it all shakes out.

GO RUSH!
10 posted on 04/22/2003 10:48:48 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Poincare
I saw an interview with a woman(I don't remember her name)on FOX last November about this story. I'm glad the story is out again.
11 posted on 04/22/2003 10:58:22 PM PDT by hobson
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To: Humidston
And here's a good one... $600,000 a year from Saddam to Brit MP - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/898397/posts

~A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money!~
12 posted on 04/22/2003 10:59:15 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: jmstein7
It's time for Kofi and his warren of stooges and spies to get the hell out of the United States. Let them pack up their traps and go to Geneva; they're a detriment to US security and it's high time they were asked to go elsewhere.
13 posted on 04/22/2003 11:04:01 PM PDT by yooper
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To: jmstein7
Bump for later.
18 posted on 04/23/2003 3:02:31 AM PDT by Springman
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To: seamole
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/898147/posts
Master list FR posted articles on UN Food for Oil program
GailA ^ | 4/22/03 | Various


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/898108/posts
MP George Galloway- voice cries "peace," hand in Saddam's till...
various FR links | 04-22-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
20 posted on 04/23/2003 3:12:57 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the sunset...)
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To: jmstein7
I hadn't listened to Rush in a year but happened to get the opportunity yesterday to hear his case. Pretty convincing. This story won't grow legs, however. It'd be too much like work for the media to actually dig into a story.
21 posted on 04/23/2003 3:21:05 AM PDT by Glenn (What were you thinking Al?)
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To: Humidston
"I wonder how Clintoon(s) will figure into it - when it all shakes out. "

Good question. I bet they're in there somewhere.

Carolyn

22 posted on 04/23/2003 3:27:31 AM PDT by CDHart
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To: seamole
Bigger than Gallowaygate?

All part of the same thing.

This is a scandal with a "cast of thousands", Galloway's just one. It's going to be ugly. It's going to be juicy. It's going to take months if not years for it all to shake out.

It's better than anything Hollywood has put out in decades.

23 posted on 04/23/2003 3:31:59 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: jmstein7
For the life of me, I can't remember where but I read a much more detailed account of this chicanery at least a month ago.
The next question to be asked is: What is it that causes the strange little man Hans Blix to see what he sees and fail to see what he fails to see? Is there a fiduciary reason for his lapses in judgement? He appears and he disappears with a will o' the wisp. What's up with that?
Inquiring minds want to know.
24 posted on 04/23/2003 3:34:55 AM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: jmstein7
Thanks for the Rosett piece. Somebody asked about this, and I had absolutely no idea! Not that I am a bit surprised what happens when you give a bunch of UN bureaucrats access to billions of dollars. The number of cleptocracies in the world far exceeds the number of societies that have transparent accounting practices. The UN reflects that fact. They are, at root, a backscratching society more than a debating club.
25 posted on 04/23/2003 3:37:42 AM PDT by gridlock (On to Damascus!)
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To: gridlock
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26 posted on 04/23/2003 3:43:24 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: hellinahandcart
This is a scandal with a "cast of thousands", Galloway's just one. It's going to be ugly. It's going to be juicy. It's going to take months if not years for it all to shake out.

Let me agree, and amplify that a bit- one reason the Left, the Media, Hollywood, and all their camp-followers are going so nuts is that they have lost the lock the used to have on the dissemination of information- and they can't figure out what to do about it...

As recently as the clinton era, they would have ignored, spun, name-called, and laughed at this information- but now that the internet and talk radio are working together to pass along all this new news to the public, they have gone into full panic mode. It's very gratifying to observe after all the years of Spin Cycle...

27 posted on 04/23/2003 3:49:20 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the sunset...)
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To: backhoe
Your instincts and mine are obviously in agreement regaarding this scandal, since you've already gone into File Mode. ;D

My only worry is that I will die of a schadenfreude overdose before I hear the entire story.

As recently as the clinton era, they would have ignored, spun, name-called, and laughed at this information-

Yep. I firmly believe that, without the internet, Cynthia McKinney would still be in Congress enbarassing your state.

28 posted on 04/23/2003 4:02:50 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart
make that "embarassing".
29 posted on 04/23/2003 4:04:08 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: jmstein7
Useless Nations oil for food scam Master list
30 posted on 04/23/2003 6:01:33 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: hellinahandcart
Yep. I firmly believe that, without the internet, Cynthia McKinney...

Ahh! Who can forget Jihad Cindy?

-Jihad Cindy? McKinney won't go quietly... indeed, she may not go away at all... --

31 posted on 04/23/2003 6:47:22 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the sunset...)
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To: Brandonmark; Alex P. Keaton; MeeknMing; JohnHuang2; Dog Gone; Dog; isthisnickcool; OKSooner; VOA; ..
This was on Rush's show yesterday and something that should be covered by all the networks. The UN and Annan need to be kept totally away from anything to do with Iraq.

Please write your Senators and Congressman and tell them you are against the UN having a say in Iraq along the countries that have been on the take from Saddam -- France, Germany, Russia, Syria, and others!

Time for us to give support to the Administration and their policy of not allowing UN Inspectors headed by Blix and Company into Iraq as well so Blix cannot whitewash the weapons program of Saddam! We need the truth and the UN and truth do not go together.

This morning it was reported on Fox that the Iraqi's knew where the Inspectors were going to inspect and thus had the scientist take the ingredients home with them.
32 posted on 04/23/2003 7:34:36 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom
I would take you up on your advice if it weren't for the fact that Hitlery and Schumer are worse than Annan or Blix. : )
33 posted on 04/23/2003 7:37:53 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: PhiKapMom
Hi Mom!

Thanks for the ping.

34 posted on 04/23/2003 7:38:56 AM PDT by Dog (Christy Lane Free Zone.....)
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To: PhiKapMom
Oil for food is totatlly corrupt as is anything the UN gets its dirty hands in. Kofi Annan makes me sick with all this pompous sanctimony all the while turning a blind eye to the corruption that is so obvious. The Weekly Standard had a terrific article about the oil for food and the misappropriation of money to Sadaam's coffers and nonessential projects, all approved by the UN!

If the UN goes into Iraq, the Iraqi people are doomed.

35 posted on 04/23/2003 7:40:22 AM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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To: Humidston
"I wonder how Clintoon(s) will figure into it - when it all shakes out."

I have wondered about this for years. All of their global excursions while being president surely must of paid off. And the biggest payolla was that Saddaam got a pass by that administration.

36 posted on 04/23/2003 7:42:10 AM PDT by hope (see the implosion of the left, their god Marduk has been utterly exposed!)
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To: seamole; Shermy; BOBTHENAILER; MadIvan
Actually, Galloway Gate is part of this whole rotten and very evil mess. If not for the UN creating the so called oil for food program, these opportunity to mug and pillage the poor of Iraq would not have been ther.
37 posted on 04/23/2003 7:46:41 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Humidston
I wonder how Clintoon(s) will figure into it - when it all shakes out.

Small wonder the slimeball wishes to be the next UN IG.

38 posted on 04/23/2003 7:47:06 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: nicmarlo
I see your point! Those two are absolutely worthless!
39 posted on 04/23/2003 7:59:02 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom

40 posted on 04/23/2003 7:59:46 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: jmstein7

41 posted on 04/23/2003 8:00:24 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Dog
Good Morning Dog!

I was listening to Rush yesterday while in my car and even though I thought the Food for Oil program was a sham, it was shocked to hear his show and find out it was much worse than I imagined!

Guess that explains the UN reluctance starting with Annan to have us depose Saddam! Disgusting!

42 posted on 04/23/2003 8:01:09 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom
Oil for Food generated $64 Billion dollars since 1996.
43 posted on 04/23/2003 8:04:28 AM PDT by Dog (Christy Lane Free Zone.....)
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To: Wphile
You are so right -- if the UN gets into Iraq the Iraqi people are doomed.

Remember when we first entered Iraq, they started finding tons of food in storage that had never been distributed to the Iraqi people. Just where were the UN aid workers that were supposed to distribute this food?

UN is corrupt, inept, and a farse and should be disbanded starting with the firing of Annan. They are not even a good Humanitarian organization!
44 posted on 04/23/2003 8:04:49 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: Dog
Can you believe that -- $64 billion and the Iraqi people are starving? Something is totally rotten/corrupt starting with Annan and the UN and extending outward like a spider web!
45 posted on 04/23/2003 8:06:26 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom
Get The USA out of the UN and get the UN out of the USA BUMP.
46 posted on 04/23/2003 8:09:33 AM PDT by wordsofearnest
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To: PhiKapMom
Fantastic post PhiKapMom
47 posted on 04/23/2003 8:10:22 AM PDT by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth.....)
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To: PhiKapMom
Get The USA out of the UN and get the UN out of the USA BUMP.
48 posted on 04/23/2003 8:10:44 AM PDT by wordsofearnest
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To: nicmarlo
I feel your pain, Nic. We have the Boxer and ChFi Frankenstein as our senators. I'm sure that they got money somehow from this Oil for Food Fund, from Soddomite Direct or from some French/Chinese company for their support of Soddomite before the war.
49 posted on 04/23/2003 8:14:19 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: PhiKapMom
The UN is a joke. It's amazing to me, that despite all this coverage of the UN's failure at peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, inspections, etc., people still continue to worship at its altar. It's a laughingstock if you ask me and why anyone still takes it seriously is just folly.

The Weekly Standard said it best and I paraphrase, "many people have a misconception of what the United Nations is. Many like to believe that it is the nations of the world united in a just cause to better humanity. It is not the nations of the world united. It is an organization in NYC where representatives of nations come to espouse their own nations interest. There is nothing altruistic about it. " It should be scrapped.

50 posted on 04/23/2003 8:17:13 AM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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