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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.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/16/2005 at 09:24 AM
    1. Off Topic

      Reports here in the U.S. on Fox News (Thank you Ozland, for Rupert Murdoch)

      Large blast or explosion in an area North of Tehran, Iran close to an area ‘known’ for having nuclear facilities. The mullahs launched a missile in the direction of whatever cause the large ‘blast’ or ‘explosion’. To this point there are no reports of damage, story to be continued.

      On the other hand, Iran claims that at least one death is attributable to this incident. The IDIOT they sent up in their missile with a pistol, to attempt a shoot down of what caused the original ‘blast’ or ‘explosion’….:). Sorry couldn’t resist that last paragraph.

      The story as reported by Fox seems true…Breaking on Fox News…Syria and Iran have formed a “common front” to thwart threats.

      Obviously this means the next IDIOT sent up in an Iranian missile with a pistol, will be a Syrian, IDIOT.

      Posted by El Cid on 02/16 at 10:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Update to post 1.

      The Iranian’s now claim that the ‘blast’ or ‘explosion’ was in fact caused by one of their own aircraft, dropping a fuel tank.

      I take it that the Iranian’s are now training their pilots to return the favor Iraq did them in the first Gulf War. ‘Drop fuel tanks and fly directly to Iraq. Our people must make sure our Shi’a brothers in Iraq have their own Air Force’.

      Posted by El Cid on 02/16 at 10:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. So when will the Mirror and the Boston Globe run their exclusive photos of UN lolita gang rapes lifted from Russian porn sites?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 02/16 at 11:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Historically, a soldier’s pay has been said to be “liquor, loot and lust.” Things haven’t changed much.  We are lucky to have been spared (so far) from any lurid expose’ of “fraternization” between Iraqi women and American soldiers.  Maybe this “women in the military” stuff is taking some of the pressure off those young men.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 02/16 at 01:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Vodka??? Surely not. I am shocked.

      I love saying that, it makes me feel like Claude Raines.

      Posted by terryelee on 02/16 at 05:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have nothing against indifferent incompetent drunks, but do we have to send them around the world raping women and children? What’s wrong with the old park bench?

      Posted by Hamish McFootpath on 02/17 at 01:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ioxymoron, I’m sure you were only joking, but I strongly recommend NOT repeating that in any gathering of military personnel.  The males will hold you while the females beat the crap out of you.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 02/17 at 01:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. … its peacekeepers in DR Congo have sexually exploited and abused women and girls.

      And they call neocons chickenhawks?

      Posted by Achillea on 02/17 at 04:47 PM • permalink

 

  1. Inspectors drinking the night away?
    Sounds more likely than the contextualised versions reaching the Australian public.
    They go something like this:“Brave UN officials and Arms Inspectors have raised questions about the behaviour of pretty much anyone who is not part of the former Saddam Hussein Baathist regime, and cast doubts on the future of the country under anything but the aforementioned regime”.

    Posted by blogstrop on 02/18 at 08:12 AM • permalink