Straight Up with Sherri

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The UN, Iraq, and Revelations: WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE???

Here are just a few stories on the evils we are facing:

UN Inspectors 'spent their days drinking':

UN inspectors in Iraq spent their working hours drinking vodka while ignoring a shadowy nocturnal fleet believed to be smuggling goods for Saddam Hussein, a former senior inspector told the US Senate yesterday.

Arthur Ventham, a former Australian army officer and customs officer, joined the operation in 2002 and worked at various sites in Iraq and neighbouring states.
He said that at Iskendurun in eastern Turkey, some officials had refused to work.
When he asked one of his bosses why, he was told: "They were friends or relatives of potential clients, and are only in the mission so the company could secure future contracts in Nigeria, Comoros and another African country.

At another monitoring site where the UN was supposed to check humanitarian aid supplies, Mr Ventham noticed "the team leader and his fellow countrymen [the nationality is unstated] spending the majority of their time in each other's rooms drinking vodka as opposed to managing and leading the team".

There he noticed small vessels and barges moving to a small island each night.
"I mentioned this to a number of other inspectors saying there was plenty of scope for smuggling and what were the UN doing about it.

"I was extremely surprised by the response that it was common knowledge smuggling was going on at Um Qasir [and that] the oil was being sold on the black market to augment the regime."

UN to Punish Oil-for-Food head for fraud

The program served as the sole source of sustenance for 60 per cent of Iraq’s estimated 27 million people. Some 500’000 Iraqis died during the embargo. The UN embargo and the Oil-for-Food program arguably helped to stabilize Saddam Hussein’s regime by keeping a tight leash on the population, as the regime maintained complete control over the program’s food supplies, deciding to whom and where they would be distributed.

Oil for food: The real scandal

For example, according to one report obtained by the New York Times, Lloyds Register--a British customs service that monitored sales of food and other basics in Iraq--billed the Office for Iraq Program for 1,800 days when Lloyds agents weren’t even in Iraq. Despite this, the Lloyds contract was extended several times.

The U.N.'s rape of the innocents

Fifty U.N. peacekeepers and U.N. civilian officers face an estimated 150 allegations of sexual exploitation and rape in the Congo alone. Last Friday, ABC's "20/20" program aired a devastating expose by investigative reporter Brian Ross highlighting some of the worst alleged crimes.
The accused include Didier Bourguet, a U.N. senior official from France charged with running an Internet pedophile ring in the Congo. According to ABC News and others, pictures taken from his personal computer contained thousands of photos of him with hundreds of girls. Police say Bourguet had turned his bedroom, plastered with mirrors and rigged with remote-control cameras, into a stealth porn studio. He was caught in a sting operation while allegedly preparing to rape a 12-year-old girl.
In one of the photos confiscated from Bourguet, a tear can be seen Rolling down the cheek of a victim.

Hundreds of babies, fathered by U.N. personnel, have been born to Congolese girls and women -- including the 15-year-old deaf mute daughter of Aimee Tsesi, who told Ross she was turned away at the gates of the U.N. camp when she went for assistance. "The U.N. is not able to give me food or money for my grandson," she told ABC News. "But if the U.N. hadn't brought this soldier here, my daughter would not have become pregnant. And I would not be going through this suffering."

Human rights groups say such monstrosities have been tolerated by U.N. brass for years. Joseph Loconte noted in the Weekly Standard last month that the Congo revelations come three years after another U.N. report found "widespread" evidence of sexual abuse of West African refugees. Girls and women in East Timor, Cambodia and Kosovo have reported sex crimes perpetrated by U.N. peacekeepers.
In 2001, American whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska policewoman who worked for U.N. security in Bosnia, uncovered scores of sex crime allegations and
prostitution rings in the Balkans involving her fellow U.N. employees. Girls were forced to dance in bars for U.N. personnel and beaten or raped, Bolkovac reported. After being fired from her job for "time sheet irregularities," she told a British tribunal that Mike Stiers, the international police task force's deputy commissioner, flippantly dismissed victims of human trafficking as "just prostitutes."

Stunning! Disgusting! Deplorable! Atrocious! EEEVIL! I could go on and on and on……

It only took me a few minutes to find each of these stories; there are many, many more. It is INSULTING that the American MSM has spent so much of its time and energy over forged documents, accusing U.S. soldiers of TARGETING journalists, and splashing images of Lynndie England and her infuriating stupidity and cruelty, but where is the rage and outcry over the stories above? WHERE?

Cox and Forkum has a PERFECT illustration of how useless the MSM has become.

PERFECT! Posted by Hello

I don’t claim to be a theology major by ANY stretch of the imagination. I am a struggling work in progress just like the next guy. Amidst all the chaos, the eeevil, and the suffering I have learned of Iraq, this morning I couldn’t stop thinking about something I had read in my Bible.

Rev 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

I would never venture to say that the UN and Iraq are exactly what these verses are about, but I will certainly say that the similarities have left an impression on myheart. After I cipher through all my emotions of anger, frustration, and grief for those that suffer at the hands of such eeevil men, I am left with the undeniable urge to fall to my knees and cry out to my Lord above.



  • Sherri

    You hit a great nerve here. Where IS the outrage?

    THis makes me sick.

    I am sick of the UN

    Sick of them.

    We won't find these things plastered all over the front pages of The New York SLIMES!

    I am glad the blogs are covering these things. I hope Dan Rather and his ilk are spitting bullets and quaking in their NAZI boots!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:59 PM  

  • UN what is that? What do they do? Who funds them? Do we see any of their help?

    By Anonymous de6933, at 12:33 PM  

  • Again, this is a waste of government money. The US government can put this money to better use. Millions of dollars are provided to this organization and this is how it is used. No one is doing their actual duty and they are getting paid for it. I wish I had a job like that. The US government can find better things and ways to use money. The $13 million dollars plus can be used to fund other legitamite programs.

    By Anonymous Bragg, at 7:39 AM  

  • Hey Bragg,

    I agree it is a waste of government money. The US government supplies 20% of the UN budget. That a lot of money, money that could have been use for something else. De6933 asked what is the UN, what do they do, who funds them, and do we see any of their help? The purpose of the United Nations is to maintain international peace and security. UN is fund by its members. Check out this blog Dh9767 writes a little about the UN.

    By Blogger Jm0725, at 2:49 PM  

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