Is Nigeria a member of the Coalition of the Willing? It appears to be, on the basis of this evidence. For background, let’s go back to a BBC story on April 30, 2003:
Foreign currency worth nearly $200m has been found in a Baghdad neighbourhood, the US military say.
Troops found $100m and 90m euros in 31 containers, US Central Command said.
The money has been flown out of the country to a “secure location” for counting purposes and will eventually be returned to Iraq to help rebuild the country, the US said.
Last week, US troops found more than $650m in the same area of Baghdad.
The latest banknotes were discovered between 23 and 26 April in an area of Baghdad secured by members of the US 3rd Infantry Division, according to a US statement. (BBC)
I got the BBC link from a colleague who received in his InBox the following variant on The Nigerian Scam. It’s sadly hilarious:
From: Steve Buxton < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Oct 1, 2007 1:41 PM
Subject: Important Message
Hello, My name is Stephen Buxton, I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq , as you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move part of funds belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family in 2003. The total amount is US$25 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills, this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for sometime but with the proposed troop in increase by president Bush, we are afraid that the money may be discovered hence we want to move this money to you for safekeeping pending the completion of our assignment here. Check out this web link;
We are ready to compensate you with good percentage of the funds, No strings attached, Iraq is a war zone, we plan on using diplomatic means to ship the money out as military cargo to your home, under diplomatic immunity cover. I am contacting you in confidence, all arrangement for the successful delivery has been put in place, all we need from you is to receive the cargo from the diplomat, If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest.
Sgt. Stephen Buxton
Yes, regards to you, too, Sgt. Buxton. I am circulating this as a public service for those who want to Support our Troops. Please share the proceeds with me.