United Press International - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
United Press International - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "A Swedish Foreign Ministry report says Norwegian officials knew Iraq was demanding kickbacks from the U.N. 'Oil for Food' program.

But the report says Ole Peter Kolby, Norway's U.N. ambassador at the time and head of the sanctions committee, remained quiet for fear of angering Iraq and big companies involved in the program, Aftenposten said.


Henrik Thune of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs told Aftenposten that Kolby was caught between competing interests, including fear of fueling the push for war in the Bush administration if he revealed corruption in the Oil for Food program. "


nomdeblog said...

So why didn’t he tell his Prime Minister? Why not let his elected government representing the Norwegian people decide what to do?

This is exactly the role that minor-power democratic countries could be playing. The moral issue that a Muslim can now raise is that the Western countries including little Norway are all part of a capitalist conspiracy to keep despots in power in Muslim countries that benefit Western oil companies.

Another example would be Canada’s PM should have been screaming at China during the SARS cover-up. Canada could do that without starting a war. But if the US were to do that it runs the risk of deflecting China off the bigger diplomacy issues of North Korea.

First step is to close down the UN; it’s a culture of defeat and corruption and is beyond repair.

Syl said...

I think the most appealing thing about Bush is that he scares the pants off the Left.

It does make life more difficult for him. But oh it does feel good.