October 26, 2005

Schadenfreude On Stilts

Christopher Hitchens devastates George Galloway, as the evidence against the MP becomes overwhelming. Read it all. His last line alone is a classic. And be sure to look at the accompanying pdf document , which is a good primer on the Oil-For-Food program in general, and also a conclusive summation of the evidence against Galloway and Benon Sevan. Clip and save. Here's a sample from Hitchens:

The critical person in Galloway's fetid relationship with Saddam's regime was a Jordanian "businessman" named Fawaz Zureikat, who was involved in a vast range of middleman activities in Baghdad and is the chairman of Middle East Advanced Semiconductor Inc. It was never believable, as Galloway used to claim, that he could have been so uninformed about Zureikat's activities in breaching the U.N. oil embargo. This most probably means that what we now know is a fraction of what there is to be known. But what has been established is breathtaking enough. A member of the British Parliament was in receipt of serious money originating from a homicidal dictatorship. That money was supposed to have been used to ameliorate the suffering of Iraqis living under sanctions. It was instead diverted to the purposes of enriching Saddam's toadies and of helping them propagandize in favor of the regime whose crimes and aggressions had necessitated the sanctions and created the suffering in the first place. This is something more than mere "corruption." It is the cynical theft of food and medicine from the desperate to pay for the palaces of a psychopath.

Related:

David Blair's Telegraph story

Posted by dan at October 26, 2005 8:19 PM