Thursday, January 20, 2005

Our Dirty laundry

Some people probably haven't heard this piece of news:

An Iraqi-born U.S. businessman pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan yesterday to illegally conducting business with and on behalf of the Iraqi government as part the United Nations' "Oil for Food" program.

Samir Vincent, 64, head of Phoenix International, based in Fairfax, Va., said during his plea that, when the program was implemented, Saddam Hussein's government paid out millions of dollars to him and others - including an unnamed UN official - as a reward. At the hearing yesterday before Manhattan U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, Vincent pleaded guilty to four charges that included acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Iraqi government, engaging in prohibited transactions with Iraq, and false statements on his income tax returns.


Am I surprised by this news? Yes and No. I'm happy he pleaded guilty. Profiting on the expense of the Iraqi people is never good at any time including past, present and future.

Then there was this piece of news from Germany:

A young Iraqi man has confessed to murdering flamboyant German fashion designer Rudolph Moshammer after Moshammer refused to pay for s**ual favors. Police arrested the suspect after they found his DNA at the crime scene.

The 25-year-old man, identified as Herisch A., was arrested almost two days after Moshammer, who created clothes for celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, was found dead at his Munich home on Friday. DNA tests at his home enabled police to arrest the Iraqi man overnight, according to Harald Pickert, the officer leading the investigation.


I'm not sure how Europeans portray Iraqis living among them. I guess this situation won't improve any picture.

I'm glad there are more than 80 Iraqi bloggers who present a better picture of the Iraqi people to the outside world.

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