Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Report Shows Oil-for-Food Funded Saddam's Appetite for WMD

From Wikipedia:

The Duelfer report, released on 30 September 2004, described in a key finding the impact of the Oil-for-Food Programme on Saddam's regime:

• The introduction of the Oil-For-Food program (OFF) in late 1996 was a key
turning point for the Regime. OFF rescued Baghdad’s economy from a terminal
decline created by sanctions. The Regime quickly came to see that OFF could be
corrupted to acquire foreign exchange both to further undermine sanctions and to provide the means to enhance dual-use infrastructure and potential WMD-related development.[vol. I, p.1] (emphasis added)

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