went without saying:
Month-old barely reported stories about a seven year string of political assassinations, using car bombs, part of an uncovered intelligence operation "curbing Israeli intelligence activity" and summarily sort of kicked down after it was taken to the UNSC seems sort of like relevant background to the present crisis.
your turing test:
Oil for Nothing:US Holds On Humanitarian SuppliesIraq: 1997-2001
the good book
and other cultural