Comments: American arrest in U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal

And still no arrests from the worst of the worst, the un and france.

Looking forward to the names of the two un officials being released tho - hopefully diplomatic immunity doesn't apply to investigators releasing the truth.

Posted by Jay at April 15, 2005 04:27 PM

I ask you -- Can it be mere coincidence that "un" is actually a French word? Scary, eh?

Posted by taylor at April 15, 2005 05:11 PM

Here's a couple of high-ranking Canadians at the UN: Louise Frechette, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN who works directly for Kofi Annan; and Reid Morden, who is now executive director of the Volcker team which is investigating the Oil-for-Food scam.

Both have ties to Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. According to Fox News: "When [Louise] Fr├ęchette served as Canada's ambassador to the United Nations from 1992 to 1995, her boss during most of that time was Canadian Deputy Minister Reid Morden, who is now executive director of the Volcker team."

Then there's Maurice Strong, special advisor to Kofi Annan. He's also well acquainted with Paul Martin from their days at Power Corporation, a Canadian company owned by Paul Desmarais, who just happens to own an interest in Total Fina ELF, an oil company with large holdings in Iraq.

Not that there is anything to say that any of these people are the Canadians mentioned.

Posted by Bill at April 16, 2005 01:19 AM

Can the U.N. arrest people? That's the whole problem with the U.N. and the whole "international law" fantasy.

Taylor, I'm not sure what you mean. "Un" is a fairly common word form for "one" in Romance languages, and the scandals at the U.N. are far from being limited to the French (or Canadians, for that matter.)

I can't deny that those were the first names that came to my mind, Bill. I'm unclear as to the libel laws in this country, though, so didn't check if any of them had adult sons in order to narrow down the list.

I quickly googled to see if John Irving had a connection to Irving Oil, and to the best of my knowledge he is not related to K.C. Irving (for which I am extremely happy.)

The NY times has a story today about yet another U.N. scandal, this one being in Switzerland and involving bribery and a friend of Kojo Annan. Hard to tell if there's any truth to it yet, but who knows? Posting about it after I try to find sources other than the Times (or after I get some sleep. I hate working nights.)

Posted by Debbye at April 16, 2005 09:04 AM

Ah yes, Kojo's business associate, Michael Wilson who is now being investigated by Swiss authorities for UN scandals in Switzerland.

I guess after the Mulroney blowout, Michael was looking for a job where he could apply the things he learned from Brian Mulroney.

Or its there another Michael Wilson we do not know about?

Posted by Joe Green at April 16, 2005 10:28 PM

LOL, Joe, there are probably millions of Michael Wilsons we forgot about!

Another name we forgot is Louise Arbour, High Commissioner of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, but I believe her appointment to the U.N. is too recent to fit what very little we know.

Syria still hasn't been mentioned in the press coverage of Annan's criticism even though he admitted early on he knew about their pipelines from Iraq but that he was powerless to turn them off.

Posted by Debbye at April 17, 2005 05:25 AM

Well Debbye it would help if you Americans were not so smug and self rightous about it.

Koffi Annan is the Secretary General of the United Nations, an organization created by the sovereign nation states of the world that entered into a binding treaty to uphold the UN Charter. It has no "power" and its only "peacekeeping" resources are those given to it by contributing nation states.

So don't blame Koffi Annan for your own screwups as Americans. I don't blame him for our screwups as Canadians in Rwanda, where we should have NEVER depended upon the United States for military support and backup in UN efforts to stop the genocide.

General Dellaire and the Canadian Armed Forces SHOULD have gone in with all "guns blazing" to get the job done, and to relieve General Dellaire's credit card that at some points was paying for the bills.

The Rwanda tragedy is a Canadian tragedy. We should have NEVER trusted the United States that was working behind the scenes at the United Nations to undermine General Delaire's efforts to stop the genocide.

American Foreign policy is not about stopping genocides. Its always about "money" and "power".

I'm frankly surprised Debbye that you do not understand that about your own country.

Posted by Joe Green at April 17, 2005 05:22 PM

Just making stuff up now, Joe?

There are a million conspiracies afoot in Joe Green's mind, all involving the US trying to undermine the 'aggressive' (chuckle) foreign policy of Canadian do-nothings.

Instead of expecting people, even easily convinced Canadians, to buy into your secret squirrel counterintuitive plot lines, why not just accept your Canadian heritage and act indifferent.

Posted by mikem at April 19, 2005 05:13 AM