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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Jack Kelly: Fantasy land: "'Memos from Iraqi intelligence officials, recovered by American and British inspectors, show the dictator was told as early as May 2002 that France -- having been granted oil contracts -- would veto any American plans for war,' the Scotsman newspaper reported.

"Evidence uncovered by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) showed that Russia and China -- two other nations that have vetoes on the Security Council -- also had been bribed by Saddam.

"The primary motive for French cooperation, former Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz told interrogators, was the promise of lucrative oil deals once U.N. sanctions were lifted. Among Frenchmen receiving bribes were two counselors to President Jacques Chirac, and the spokesman for his re-election campaign."
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