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Australian Iraq Kickback Scam –
Did Bush And Blair Know,
Lie And Betray?

By Gideon Polya

04 May, 2006

British and American Intelligence services can listen to your phone calls, read your e-mails, contracts, and tenders, and indeed know ALL through the ECHELON satellite spy system. Through collaborative arrangements such information can be made available to the intelligence services of other Anglo-Celtic countries (Canada, Australia and New Zealand) (see: ). Indeed the French have been so concerned about the Anglo-Celtic commercial advantage from Echelon that they have developed their own version (referred to as “Frenchelon”) (see:,39020645,2079875,00.htm ).

Anglo-Celtic Intelligence services HAD to have known from the very start about the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) "Wheat for Weapons" kickback scam that diverted US$250 million from the UN Oil-for-Food Program and funded the Saddam Hussein régime. Indeed by 2000 the Iraqi kickbacks arrangements were well known to everyone with an interest in trading with Iraq and the Canadians and Americans (competitors with Australia in the lucrative Iraq wheat trade) were officially complaining.

According to the UN Volker Report (2005) (see: ), the AWB had paid kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein régime totalling over 14% of the total of US$1.8 billion of such kickbacks paid during the period of 1997-2003 associated with the US$35 billion UN Oil-for-Food program. Australia was the biggest contributor to the illegal funding of the Saddam Hussein régime and thence of the Iraqi insurgency, notwithstanding the reality that Australian armed forces have been part of the US-led Coalition that supervised Sanctions, fought Iraq, invaded Iraq and fought the post-invasion insurgency (see: ).

The Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scam is estimated to have killed up to 21,000 Iraqi infants through diversion of scarce funds from food and medical supplies. However this appalling “collateral damage” from a greedy corporate scam has simply NOT been reported by Australian or Anglo-American mainstream media – the same media that will simply NOT report the post-invasion avoidable deaths and under-5 infant deaths in Iraq that now total 0.5 million and 0.4 million, respectively (however see Senator Rachel Siewert, Hansard, Australian Senate, Wednesday 1 March 2006, pp30-31: , and ).

According to Australian Opposition Leader, Mr Kim Beazley (staunchly pro-American but opposed to the Iraq War): "I'm embarrassed as an Australian by what has happened here. We have funded the Iraqi insurgency. And that has so far killed or maimed two divisions worth of American soldiers and countless thousands of Iraqis”. (see: ).

The post-Volker Report Australian Cole Inquiry into the AWB scandal has established that just about everybody world-wide with an interest in the matter KNEW about the Iraqi kickbacks system since about 2000 - except, apparently, for the Australian Government, which still insists that its Ministers did not read 28 warning e-mails and cables about illegal kickback demands. However a recent poll has established that 72% of Australians aware of the Cole Inquiry believe that the Australian Government DID know that the AWB was paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein (see: ).

If Bush and Blair KNEW that Australia was funding Saddam Hussein and funded the Iraqi insurgency – and it beggars belief that they didn’t – they did not let on (see: ) . If Bush and Blair knew about the AWB scam and didn’t tell Australia to desist, then they lied by omission and BETRAYED their own people, their Coalition allies and their own soldiers in the field.

Credentials: Dr Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003), and is currently editing a completed book on global avoidable mortality (numerous articles on this matter can be found by a simple Google search for "Gideon Polya" and on his websites: and









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