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To: snowsislander

Let's call a spade a spade. Saddam Hussein wasn't primarily an "embarrassment" to the UN. He was their sugar daddy, their milk cow. The Oil for Food Program provided them with more slush money than the entire over-the-table UN budget. No wonder they fought tooth and nail to prevent his ouster. No wonder they are furious at Bush for taking away 3/4 of their expense account money.


5 posted on 09/23/2004 6:15:12 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Let's call a spade a spade. Saddam Hussein wasn't primarily an "embarrassment" to the UN. He was their sugar daddy, their milk cow. The Oil for Food Program provided them with more slush money than the entire over-the-table UN budget. No wonder they fought tooth and nail to prevent his ouster. No wonder they are furious at Bush for taking away 3/4 of their expense account money.

Yes -- indeed, Hanson does go on to a longer paragraph on the oil-for-food scandal and the U.N.'s complicity:

Third, the present secretary-general, Kofi Annan, is himself a symbol of all that is wrong with the U.N. A multibillion dollar oil-for-food fraud, replete with kickbacks (perhaps involving a company that his own son worked for), grew unchecked on his watch, as a sordid array of Baathist killers, international hustlers and even terrorists milked the national petroleum treasure of Iraq while its own people went hungry. In response, Mr. Annan stonewalls, counting on exemption from the New York press on grounds of his unimpeachable liberal credentials. Meanwhile, he prefers to denigrate the toppling of Saddam Hussein as "illegal," but neither advocates reinstitution of a "legal" Saddam nor offers any concrete help to Iraqis crafting consensual society. Like the U.N. membership itself, he enjoys the freedom, affluence and security of a New York, but never stops to ask why that is so or how it might be extended to others less fortunate.

Hanson has done a very good job; the piece is well-written, and covers a lot of ground.

7 posted on 09/23/2004 6:27:44 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: Cicero

"Let's call a spade a spade. Saddam Hussein wasn't primarily an "embarrassment" to the UN. He was their sugar daddy, their milk cow. The Oil for Food Program provided them with more slush money than the entire over-the-table UN budget. No wonder they fought tooth and nail to prevent his ouster. No wonder they are furious at Bush for taking away 3/4 of their expense account money."

Plus almost every weapon used to kill out soldier came from France, Germany, and Russia. Right up to the very day we attacked Saddon was assured by France that we wouldn't. Saddam didn't even order his military to take a stand until it was well underway.

The Book "Treachery" is the best book I have ever read and I am not even done with it yet.


8 posted on 09/23/2004 6:27:49 AM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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