Crime May Pay But at What Cost?

How outrageous is it that  83-year-old Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt can settle and buy his way out of facing the full consequences of his crimes? And what is the real impact of what he did in the lives and survival potential of the people of that country?

According to Reuters, ” Aging Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal in which millions of dollars in kickbacks were paid to Saddam Hussein’s government to win oil contracts from Iraq.” And “Under terms of the deal, the other charges will be dropped and he will be sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison on November 27, versus the maximum of 74 years if convicted on all five counts. He also agreed to forfeit $11 million.”

The purpose of the program and the significance of what he did is further described as follows:

“The program was established to help Saddam’s Iraq sell oil to buy humanitarian supplies while it was otherwise under U.N. sanctions due to its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

“But a U.N.-commissioned inquiry headed by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker found the program was corrupted by 2,200 companies in 66 countries that paid $1.8 billion in kickbacks to Iraqi officials to win supply deals.”

So not only was he ripping us off buy he was aiding and abetting the regime.

How much did his actions influence, lead to or affect the US later declared an “un-war” against Iraq?

Said war has killed over 3800 US young American servicemen. According to Wikipedia, “The Iraq Body Count project (IBC) has documented 73,264 – 79,869 violent, non-combatant civilian deaths since the beginning of the war as of September 20, 2007and the Lancet project estimates the casualties to be about a million.

It is “cool” to dismiss morals as a corny thing that don’t really apply today, but if we, our leaders of industry, or family and friends, decided what we would do based on moral choices, how much impact could that have on our collective lives.

This summer David Miscavige announced a campaign Scientologists are sponsoring to help people realize that their own happiness is completely contingent on the morality of the choices they make in life.  Mr. Miscavige released a series of 21 public service announcements that are airing right now on TV stations across the US and in other parts of the world.  They make morality something that you can connect with.

If you are as sick as I am of reading after the fact about what people like Oscar Wyatt have done and if you recognize that this disease pervades our society, why don’t you do something about it. Go to The Way to Happiness web site and watch the videos online.  Upload the ones you like best to your blog and take a stand.  Let people know you think morality is cool, and that you want them to make the right choices in their lives too.


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