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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Who Profited from a U.N. Program?
Texan Oilmen!

Apr 18, 2005

George Bush has been busily denouncing the United Nations for not monitoring its oil-for-food program, run in Iraq before the U.S. invaded in 2003. Under the program, Iraq was allowed to sell some oil while economic sanctions against it were in effect. All the money was supposedly to go for food and other necessities for the Iraqi people.

And guess who was scamming the U.N.‘s program? Texan oilmen!

A grand jury has just indicted two Houston oilmen for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime, in exchange for access to Iraqi oil.

It’s no surprise that Texas oilmen were friendly with Hussein’s government, nor that they would take full "advantage" of a United Nations program. After all, corporations pay kickbacks all the time to brutal dictators in underdeveloped countries to get access to their raw materials and cheap labor, out of which, just as in this case, they make enormous profit.

As usual, the only surprise is that someone got caught. No doubt there were much bigger fish involved than the men charged and it wouldn’t be hard to know where to look for them!