The silence of the German media lambs on the UN Oil for Food scandal is deafening.
The "Briefing Paper" of the Volcker commission, presented on October 21, 2004, had all but received scant notice in the German media. The table of companies dealing with Saddam was practically treated as non existent.
In their analysis of the CIA report (key findings) the German media mostly stressed that Iraq under Saddam did not possess WMD. In a triumphant "Bush lied" mood results of the report were interpreted as a proof for the Bush administration's evil desire to invade Iraq regardless of the facts.
The damning verdict of the CIA report on the "Oil for Food" program and the alleged bribing of French and Russian politicians, however, was reported in the German media just matter-of-factly (if at all), without a slant against the accused. No excited "Putin lied" oder "Chirac lied" comments could be found.
It is a safe bet that results of the U.S. Senate hearing that took place on Nov. 15, 2004, will face the same fate, even though estimates of the money embezzled by Saddam now reach astronomical dimensions.
Not that the German media give or gave a damn. And consequently the German public doesn't know much about the UN oil for food scam in Iraq. Throw "oil" and "Iraq" at an average German, and he'll respond "George W. Bush", "Dick Cheney" and "Haliburton".
Not unless George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Haliburton are indicted in the oil-for-food scam will the German media (and the German public) get excited about the topic...