Sandwiches en la Torre de la Vela

Asociacionismo, libertad y comida rápida, por Jahd

29 de Marzo 2004

La capacidad corruptora del poder alcanza incluso a los dioses

...y a los Secretarios Generales, incluso de la ONU.

Este editorial del nada sospechoso New York Times denuncia cómo la corrupción del plan "petróleo por alimentos" alcanza de lleno a Kofi Annan. Como titula William Safire, un auténtico Kofigate:

Never has there been a financial rip-off of the magnitude of the U.N. oil-for-food scandal.

At least $5 billion in kickbacks went from corrupt contractors — mainly French and Russian — into the pockets of Saddam and his thugs. Some went to pay off his protectors in foreign governments and media, and we may soon see how much stuck to the fingers of U.N. bureaucrats as well.

Responding to a harangue in this space on March 17 [Scandal At The U.N.], the spokesman for Kofi Annan confirmed that the secretary general's soft-spoken son, Kojo, was on the payroll of Cotecna Inspections of Switzerland until December 1998. In that very month, the U.N. awarded Cotecna the contract to monitor and authenticate the goods shipped to Iraq.

Prices were inflated to allow for 10 percent kickbacks, and the goods were often shoddy and unusable. As the lax Cotecna made a lot of corporate friends, Iraqi children suffered from rotted food and diluted medicines.
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To calm the belated uproar, Annan felt compelled to seek an "independent high-level inquiry," empowered by a Security Council resolution, as some of us called for.

Nothing doing, said France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Marc de la Sablière. The money for the huge heist known as the Iraq-U.N. account passed exclusively through BNP Paribas. French companies led all the rest (what's French for "kickback"?), though Vladimir Putin's favorite Russian oligarchs insisted on sharing the wealth. That explains why Paris and Moscow were Saddam's main prewar defenders, and why their politicians and executives now want no inquiry they cannot control.

El estado se vuelve corrupto por naturaleza. Y la mayor organización de estados no iba a librarse de esto. Al fin y al cabo, son personas, ¿no? ¿Alguien realmente sorprendido?