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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
It’s not every day that UN cash-skimmer Benon Sevan wins a mention in the Sydney Morning Herald:
A US Senate panel has accused the former head of the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq of pocketing about $US1.2 million ($1.5 million) from the scandal-plagued scheme.
An interim report by an independent UN investigative panel published this month found that Benon Sevan obtained allocations of oil from Saddam Hussein’s regime, but it stopped short of saying he had taken bribes or committed a crime.
In fact, beloved Benny has previously appeared only twice in the SMH within the past twelve months. Fairfax’s Melbourne title, The Age, has mentioned him seven times; one piece declared that “the real shame of the Iraq oil-for-food scandal is the harm it is doing to the UN�?, while another claimed that “Saddam Hussein’s regime poisoned everything it touched – including the United Nations.�?
Poor UN! Always the victim. Meanwhile, the real shame in the Congo is that UN peacekeepers can’t stop touching:
UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been arrested over sex abuse claims, Moroccan officials say.
The move follows an inquiry by the UN into repeated allegations that its peacekeepers in DR Congo have sexually exploited and abused women and girls.
Perhaps those peacekeepers were members of the UN’s elite Party Dude Squadron:
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.
In a move that provoked fury from officials of the Swiss firm Cotecna, an Australian former inspector detailed a picture of incompetence, indifference and drunkeness among the men acting as the frontline for UN sanctions.
Incompetence, indifference and drunkeness? Suddenly I feel some sympathy for our peace-minded saviours.