The Big Scam

Mark Steyn brilliantly breaks down the Oil for Food scam in his Daily Telegraph opinion piece:

If you’re a UN bigshot, or the son of Kofi Annan, or the cousin of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, or any of the other well-connected guys on the Oil-for-Fraud payroll, $160,000 is pretty small beer. But, if you’re a starving kid in Ramadi or Nasariyah, it would go quite a long way…

…Of course, the Secretary-General isn’t “shocked” at all. And nor are the media, which is why the major news organisations can barely contain their boredom with the biggest financial scam of all time – bigger than Enron, Worldcom and all the rest rolled into one…

the system didn’t fail. This is the transnational system, working as it usually works, just a little more so. One of the reasons I’m in favour of small government is because big government tends to be remote government, and remote government is unaccountable, and, as a wannabe world government, the UN is the remotest and most unaccountable of all…

…the good people of Darfur have been fortunate enough not to attract the attention of the arrogant cowboy unilateralist Bush and have instead fallen under the care of the Polly Toynbee-Clare Short-approved multilateral compassion set. So, after months of expressing deep concern, grave concern, deep concern over the graves and deep grave concern over whether the graves were deep enough, Kofi Annan managed to persuade the UN to set up a committee to look into what’s going on in Darfur. They’ve just reported back that it’s not genocide.

That’s great news, isn’t it? For as yet another Annan-appointed UN committee boldly declared in December: “Genocide anywhere is a threat to the security of all and should never be tolerated.” So thank goodness this isn’t genocide. Instead, it’s just 70,000 corpses who all happen to be from the same ethnic group – which means the UN can go on tolerating it until everyone’s dead, and Polly and Clare don’t have to worry their pretty little heads about it.

A sad day for those in Darfur.

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