Iraq war victims allege pharmaceutical companies’ bribery led to U.S. troop deaths

“I had always pictured by brother’s killers as faceless, I wouldn’t have thought U.S. companies would have anything to do with his death.”

 

 

If true this is a truly sad story. Tragic actually, on a grand scale. Iraq is a tragedy.

According the families who filed the suit, pharmaceutical companies jockeying for position in the Iraq market (lots of health issues in Iraq) paid billions to Iraq’s health ministry. This ministry was controlled by the Mahdi Army. The Mahdi Army has killed hundreds of US soldiers and is closely affiliated with Iran. Yet, because the companies wanted access to the government controlled market, the companies paid the gatekeepers even though the gatekeepers where actively fighting and killing US service people. Talk about crony capitalism.

This alleged crime illustrates yet another ugly side to the horrible misadventure that was/is Iraq. It should be noted that before the fall of Saddam the market for US pharma was only in the millions. Post Saddam it became became BILLIONS.

Iraq is one of the greatest mistakes this country has ever made. We should remember this when advocates of the invasion of Iraq advocate for yet more adventurism in far flung corners of the globe. For the most part it’s not the sons and daughters of these cheerleaders who will die in the dust.

(From The USA Today)

The families of dozens of U.S. troops killed or injured during the war in Iraq filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, alleging that the corporations knowingly financed the anti-American militia Mahdi Army through bribes and kickbacks to officials at a government ministry controlled by the group.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., against some of the biggest names in the industry — including GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Roche Holdings — claims that the companies regularly paid kickbacks to officials in Iraq’s Ministry of Health through their local agents.

Officials at the ministry in turn used the proceeds to help fund the militia that carried out attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq, the suit alleges.

The families of dozens of U.S. troops killed or injured during the war in Iraq filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, alleging that the corporations knowingly financed the anti-American militia Mahdi Army through bribes and kickbacks to officials at a government ministry controlled by the group.

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