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Monday, November 07, 2005

The Chutzpah of the United Nations

Chutzpah is a yiddish word that is often translated in Engish as 'gall'.
The common example of chutzpah given is that of a child who murders his mother and father and then asks the court to have mercy on him because he is an orphan.
Here is another example, the UN decision that the US must pay the government of Iraq 208.5 million dollars for improper contracts when they have skimmed billions of dollars from the Iraqis in their Oil for Food program. Whether the US companies profitted wrongly by a few million dollars is besides the point. The United Nations stole more. As the cliche' goes, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
I first read about this amazingly absurd story here.

I agree with Basil's blog. Let the United Nations pay back all the money they illegally took from Iraq in their Oil for Food program, and then talk to the US about how they had improper contracts.

The UN Decision can be read about here.