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  • Saddam had a ton of friends!

    The UN rocks. It's great he could do all this stuff while exchang oil for "food."

    This is the complete list as published by Iraqi media.

    Sit back and watch the explanations as to why Russia and France weren't willing to help out. :P

  • #2
    Only those that went along are suspect.

    Just ask Moe.
    And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

    -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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    • #3
      That list is hilarious.

      Here are my favorite ones:

      Father Benjamin (4.5 million barrels) is a French Catholic priest who arranged a meeting between the Pope and Tariq Aziz, Iraq's former deputy prime minister. [25]

      One surprise on the list was Mr. [Benon] Sevan (11.5 million barrels) who is the Executive Director of the Oil for Food program. A U.N. spokeswoman denied the charges and said that the U.N. secretary-general was completely satisfied with Sevan's integrity. [37] Mr. Sevan denied the allegations and stated that "it was incumbent on those who published these allegations to provide the necessary documents." [38]

      Russia

      Russia, which received the greatest number of oil vouchers, has said nothing.

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      • #4
        It helps to have friends on the Security Council.

        What a circle-jerk bunch that is.
        And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

        -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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        • #5
          I'd be so much happier about it if our boy would've just said we're going in to snatch the oil away from these cock-holes instead of BSing us with WMDs and liberating fuckers...
          . . . and to tell you this: I work with gays, have friends who are gay, go to church with gays. Most of them are aware that I believe that homosexual behavior is sin. Some of them actually agree. Most don't. It's OK . . . because they also know or at least have been made aware of my multitude of sins: adulterous heart, lustful and covetous behavior, wicked pride, angry spirit . . . do I need to go on?
          -mike
          mike smith, post-dispatch online sports editor

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          • #6
            What a circle-jerk bunch that is.

            Only when the USA doesn't need them to pull their ass out of the fire.


            Mr. G

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            • #7
              Hard to imagine how the sanctions worked so well...

              Moe
              The Dude abides.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Moe_Szyslak@Feb 20 2004, 11:06 AM
                Hard to imagine how the sanctions worked so well...

                Moe
                America bad

                Other countries Good
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lazydaze+Feb 20 2004, 11:09 AM-->
                  QUOTE(lazydaze @ Feb 20 2004, 11:09 AM)

                • #10
                  Originally posted by Moe_Szyslak+Feb 20 2004, 11:14 AM-->
                  QUOTE(Moe_Szyslak @ Feb 20 2004, 11:14 AM)
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 20 2004, 11:09 AM

                • #11
                  Originally posted by lazydaze@Feb 20 2004, 11:19 AM
                  I beleive his obvious bribery of Interantional Officials, made him even more dangerous to the US.
                  That's the point people miss.

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                  • #12
                    No question Saddam was a bad guy...but no less a threat without stockpiles of WMD? Please...

                    Do you think that allegations of bribery in the oil for food program alone would have persuaded Congress and the public to support the invasion?

                    Moe
                    The Dude abides.

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                    • #13
                      Good article pgrote - it shows how entrenched Iraqi oil is in Europe. I don't think any one here has tried to say France, Russia, and others were saints in their associations with Saddam.

                      Now if you could only find an article about who helped arm Saddam in the first place, and which country gave winking approval before his invasion of Kuwait.

                      Oh - here's one:
                      http://www.counterpunch.org/green02242003.html
                      Rumsfeld himself who, as President Reagan's Middle East Envoy, had traveled to the Region to meet with Saddam Hussein in December 1983 to normalize, particularly, security relations.

                      At the time of the visit , Iraq had already been removed from the State Department's list of terrorist countries in 1982; and in the previous month, November, President Reagan had approved National Security Decision Directive 114, on expansion of U.S.-Iraq relations generally. But it was Donald Rumsfeld's trip to Baghdad which opened of the floodgates during 1985-90 for lucrative U.S. weapons exports--some $1.5 billion worth-- including chemical/biological and nuclear weapons equipment and technology, along with critical components for missile delivery systems for all of the above. According to a 1994 GAO Letter Report (GAO/NSIAD-94-98) some 771 weapons export licenses for Iraq were approved during this six year period....not by our European allies, but by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
                      2005 Mandatory Loyalty Oath: I love America, our troops, baseball, Moms, and certain pies. I want no harm to come to any of those institutions, nor do I take any glee in their demise.

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by Moe_Szyslak@Feb 20 2004, 11:27 AM
                        Do you think that allegations of bribery in the oil for food program alone would have persuaded Congress and the public to support the invasion?
                        That's not the point, Moe.

                        The point is that he wasn't following the restrictions as laid out by the UN.

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by Trigfunctions@Feb 20 2004, 11:30 AM
                          Now if you could only find an article about who helped arm Saddam in the first place, and which country gave winking approval before his invasion of Kuwait.
                          Um, why?

                          That issue has been dealt with already.

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