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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Moon over Korea

With the North Korean headlines, the thought has occurred to me a couple of times in the past few days when I was far away from Blogger: "What's Moon got to do, got to do with it?" Well, Robert Parry reruns an old story of his from October, 2000, recounting some of Rev. Moon's involvment with the Hermit Kingdom.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's business empire, which includes the right-wing Washington Times, paid millions of dollars to North Korea's communist leaders in the early 1990s when the hard-line government needed foreign currency to finance its weapons programs, according to U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents.

The payments included a $3 million "birthday present" to current communist leader Kim Jong Il and offshore payments amounting to "several tens of million dollars" to the previous communist dictator, Kim Il Sung, the documents said.
Parry's book Secrecy & Privilege has lots of bizarre and scary Rev. Moon stories, some of which I recounted here.

How Moon's strange ties to the Bushies may have affected past and current policies is something to consider, but probably nothing can be done about it since his coronation in the Senate Office Building two years ago.

Unfortunately, ten minutes of Googling found no connection between Rev. Moon and Mark Foley. Sorry.