Al-Mada's list cites a total of 46 individuals, companies and organizations inside and outside Iraq as receiving Saddam's oil bribes, including officials in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Sudan, China, Austria and France, as well as the Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian Communist Party, India's Congress Party and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The oil ministry papers, described by the independent Baghdad newspaper al-Mada, are apparently authentic and will become the basis of an official investigation by the new Iraqi Governing Council, the Independent reported Wednesday.
"I think the list is true," Naseer Chaderji, a governing council member, said. "I will demand an investigation. These people must be prosecuted."
Doesn't look good for France, does it? As the article also notes, oil runs thicker than blood.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9082 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
"Doesn't look good for France, does it?"
So, are you gonna invade it?
Honestly, after reading the topic of this thread, the only thing I was thinking about was the laugh it would make for. After reading the list of countries and organisations, I thought how convenient it was to include basically everyone "they" don't like on it.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21592 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
I might add that as far as I´ve read there´s no mention of Chirac in this context. Not that he personally wouldn´t be corrupt enough; But insinuating that the official french government policy against the Iraq invasion was "bought" by Saddam is somewhat implausible in itself and without any base in fact unless you can bring some evidence.
The concept of the american policy against Iraq being "bought" by well-known interest groups has far more factual and circumstantial support. So I would tread lightly in this matter if I were you.
Zak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2147 times:
"because the report is something bad about one of the left's idols, Chirac"
if you were not a "classic example of a closed minded neo-kon" you would actually know that chirac is a right wing politician and also belongs to a right wing party. of course to the current u.s. right wing, eu right wing politicians must look like left wing nuts, but that is another story.
fact is chirac is heavily opposed by every "left wing" person in europe.
Indianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
Who is making these allegations? A group of individuals who depend on America for their daily bread and political power. Now THAT is a credible source!
BTW will there ever be an independent enquiry into the links between Haliburton and the Republican administration and whether this could have led to the war in Iraq and the illegal occupation? Guessed not!