LEARN 2 UNLEARN: ~ George Galloway: "The Oil-for-food Scandal"
~"It's a proven fact that these forged documents existed, and were being circulated amongst right-wing newspapers in Bagdad and around the world in the media aftermath of the fall of the Iraqi regime.
I gave my heart and soul to oppose a policy that you promoted. I gave my political lifes' blood to try to stop the mass killing of iraqis by the sanctions on Iraq, which killed a million Iraqis, most of them children... Most of them died before they even knew they were Iraqis... but they died for no other reason other than that they were Iraqis, with the misfortune to be born at that time.
I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq, and...
*I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.
*I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of mass destruction.
*I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to Al Qaeda.
*I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11, 2001.
*I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Bagdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.
Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right, and you turned out to be wrong ~ and a hunded thousand people have paid with their lives, sixteen-hundred of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies ~ fifteen thousand of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.
If the world would had listened to Koffi Annan, who's dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to president Shirak, who you want to taint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me, and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today.
Senator, this is the mother of all smoke-screens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth.
*Have a look at the real 'oil-for-food' scandal.
*Have a look at the fourteen months you were in charge of Bagdad, the first fourteen months, when 8.8 billion dollars of Iraq's wealth went 'missing' on your watch.
*Have a look at Halliburton and the other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's money, but the money of the American taxpayer.
*Have a look at the oil that you didn't even meter, that you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which ~ went who-knows-where...
*Have a look at the 800 million dollars you gave to American military commanders, the hand-out around the country, without even counting it, or weighing it.
*Have a look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers today, revealed in the testimony of this committee, that the biggest sanctions-busters were not me or Russian politicians, or French politicians... The real sanctions-busters were your own companies with the connivers of your own government."