Claudia Rosett’s article La République des Bananes: Kofi Annan tries to explain away France and Russia’s Oil for Food wrongdoing has Kofi implying that “Saddam’s oil money had nothing to do with it. Nobody buys the officials of France, Russia and China. They are serious and important”.
Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations, finds it “inconceivable” that Russia, France or China might have been influenced in Security Council debates by Saddam Hussein’s Oil for Food business and bribes. “These are very serious and important governments,” Mr. Annan told Britain’s ITV News Sunday. “You are not dealing with banana republics.”
Meanwhile, Scott, who’s on a roll, has a link to the BBC’s latest finding: Oil wealth ‘can cause corruption’: Oil wealth often ends up in the wrong pockets, TI says. Oil wealth is often a breeding ground for corruption. Maybe the Beeb should talk to Kofi.