Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Game Over

George Galloway superficially resembles the Brit appeasers who sucked up to Hitler before WW2. But they did it either for a misplaced sense of patriotism or to avoid another terrible war. Whereas according to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee, Galloway did it to the mass-murderer Hussein for money, so he's toast.

Among the subcommittee's findings:

• Mr. Galloway personally asked for and received from Mr. Aziz and others eight allocations from 1999 to 2003 for the rights to 23 million barrels of oil.

• Amineh Abu-Zayyad, Mr. Galloway's wife, received $150,000 in the summer of 2000 from Fawaz Zureikat, the Jordanian businessman Mr. Galloway acknowledges was his business representative in Baghdad.

• The Mariam Appeal was given at least $446,000 in bank transfers from Mr. Zureikat. These transfers and the one to Mrs. Abu-Zayyad came almost immediately after Mr. Zureikat was paid commissions for deals he brokered under the oil-for-food program.

• Two unidentified oil traders interviewed by the subcommittee said Mr. Zureikat met with them in summer 2000 and that it was made clear to them that the Jordanian was marketing Iraqi oil on Mr. Galloway's behalf. The deal fell through.

• Mr. Zureikat also paid more than $1.6 million in illegal surcharges back to the Saddam government, which demanded bribes from those receiving favorable oil-for-food deals. The Senate investigators said it was highly unlikely Mr. Galloway did not know of the kickbacks, but found no direct proof of his involvement.

In an appendix tucked at the back of the report, it also alleges that Mr Galloway "knowingly made false or misleading statements under oath to a British court" during his successful libel trial against the Daily Telegraph.
Many Brits assume that US justice system is like their own - lefty judges, wrist-slap sentencing, massive presumptions of innocence, big emphasis on the rights of the accused. They're not ike this at all - they work through a painfully bureaucratic process of establishing if there is a case to answer. If they find one, they act quickly and brutally - as Galloway is about to find out.