Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

He's boxed in. He's contained. He's detered. Right?

The illicit exports, Baghdad's boldest move yet in a series of manoeuvres meant to gain more control over oil revenues, came to light last month, just as Washington stepped up its campaign for military action to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Industry sources say four oil tankers have collected Iraqi oil illegally from Khor al-Amaya since mid-February and another four have been chartered to do so. That translates into as much as $250 million for Saddam outside U.N. control.

This doesn't include oil smuggled through Syria, Jordan and Turkey. But we're keeping him in check with sanctions. Right?

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