Claudia Rosett in today’s WSJ: Central Park: The Oil for Food scandal yields its first conviction
And who is the soon-to-be-jailbird? South Korean businessman Tongsun Park
Tongsun Park, readers may remember, was a central figure in the U.S. congressional bribery scandal of the 1970s known as “Koreagate.” Indicted on federal charges–including money laundering, racketeering and acting as an unregistered agent of South Korea’s central intelligence agency–Mr. Park testified in exchange for immunity.
Rosett, who last week had a previous article on the conviction, explains Park’s shennanigans, and also reminds us that
It is unlikely that any of this would have come to light had not the U.S., over U.N. protests, toppled Saddam in 2003. Congressional investigations have since found that the U.N. program opened the floodgates for anywhere from $10 billion to $17 billion in graft, scams and smuggling, some of which went to pay for Saddam’s palaces, weapons and rewards for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.
Of course, there are those who believe that Saddam had no ties to terrorism, just as they believe the UN is worthy of existing.
As Pajamas Media repeats, the case
illustrates how easily the U.N., behind its veils of secrecy and diplomatic immunity, can be exploited by the most unscrupulous tyrants on the planet.
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