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December 18, 2004
One Of The Chief Rats Abandon The Sunken Ship

Tariq Aziz, the Chaldean Iraqi that helped prop up the genocidal maniac Saddam Hussein in his quest for first a pan-Arab and then pan-Islam empire, has now decided that indiscretion is the better part of avoiding the Iraqi execution squad. MS-NBC reports that Aziz has been warming up his singing voice and could become the star attraction at the trials of Saddam and his aides:

David Kay a former U.S. adviser in Iraq spent months questioning Aziz and others. He says Aziz quickly turned on Saddam and could testify at any trial.

"He talks about direct orders to murder, to assassinate, to kill," says Kay.

Even more interesting, the US and the Volcker Commission intend on interviewing Aziz about the UN Oil-For-Food program. As the face of the Hussein regime and the de facto foreign minister, Aziz conducted most of the regime's diplomacy and would have critical knowledge of payoffs to not only suppliers and buyers but the UN personnel who greased the skids for Saddam.

Will his testomony be reliable? Perhaps not by itself, but he could verify the documentation that US armed forces captured from IIS files and explain their significance. He could also point investigators to other documents and maybe even where some of the money disappeared so that Iraq can put it to better use than Saddam and Aziz did. Aziz may be a rat, but at least this rat can do some mighty impressive tricks when properly motivated.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 18, 2004 8:04 AM

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What is also very welcome is that he is singing about the corruption in the UN, hopefully he is naming names. If that's the case then this could get very interesting. [Read More]

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