Oil-For-Food birds of a feather
Claudia Rosset in today’s WSJ explains: Oil for Enron: Guess who was a player in the U.N. scandal . . .
Not that Enron did business directly with Saddam’s regime in violation of U.N. sanctions, or even did anything clearly illegal. Rather, the tale of its guest appearance in Oil for Food illustrates why in some ways the U.N. scandal dwarfs even Enron. Under cover of Oil for Food, Saddam’s system of bribes, payoffs and kickbacks, ultimately totaling billions, ran through chains of often obscure middlemen in places such as Cyprus and Switzerland. Enron shows up on one of the outer spokes of Oil for Food’s global web, dealing with a trans-Atlantic crew of companies and characters engaged not only in fraud, but allegedly linked to arms traffic, payoffs to the Kremlin and kickbacks to Saddam’s regime. Along the way, this gang did its bit to comply via Oil for Food shipments with Saddam’s policy of enforcing the Arab League boycott against Israel.
Not surprising, if I may say so. After all, like-minded Marc Rich was in on it, too.