September 19, 2005

 

There's Looting, There's Finding and Then There's LOOTING



I'm sure most of you have heard about this:



I fail to see the crime in either picture, only the crime of the photo caption editor for the AP. However, if you're looking for a real crime, you only need to turn your attention to Iraq (you remember Iraq, don't you?):
One billion dollars has been plundered from Iraq's defence ministry in one of the largest thefts in history, The Independent can reveal, leaving the country's army to fight a savage insurgency with museum-piece weapons.

The money, intended to train and equip an Iraqi army capable of bringing security to a country shattered by the US-led invasion and prolonged rebellion, was instead siphoned abroad in cash and has disappeared.

"It is possibly one of the largest thefts in history," Ali Allawi, Iraq's Finance Minister, told The Independent.

"Huge amounts of money have disappeared. In return we got nothing but scraps of metal."
And the man in charge when this looting took place?



None other than the U.S.' own hand-picked interim prime minister Iyad Allawi. Okay, will somebody please tell me one thing we did right in Iraq (and don't say it was worth spending $200 billion and counting to get rid of Sadaam Hussein. He was a problem but he was not our problem).


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