Saturday, June 04, 2005

Oil-for-food + Mob-buster = new hockey league? (UPDATED)


At first, it looked interesting... Talk of a new hockey league should the National Hockey League fail to reach agreement with its players, as reported in the Toronto Red Star.
If the National Hockey League and its players' union fail to reach an agreement on a new contract this summer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and a leading Canadian diplomat may help the game's stars engineer a return to the ice.
The NHL lockout enters its ninth month today and both sides have said talks are progressing toward ending the stalemate. Yet in recent weeks, the players' association, in concert with at least one prominent hockey agent, has considered a plan to start a rival league to the NHL.
Tentatively called the International Hockey Association, the league would rely on Giuliani's New York consulting company to help raise as much as $5 billion (U.S.) in seed money for the upstart league, according to a 71-page business plan reviewed by the Toronto Star and circulated to prospective Wall Street investors including Goldman Sachs & Co. and Allen & Co.
Rudy Giuliani, we know. The Mob-busting former federal prosecutor whose leadership as Mayor of New York City during 9-11 made him a respected national figure.
But who is this "leading Canadian diplomat"?
Former Power Corp. president Maurice Strong, the Undersecretary General to the United Nations and an adviser on relations with North Korea, is involved with the group as an international consultant, according to its business plan.
Maurice Strong, eh?
The same Maurice Strong who is described by his sycophants as "the father of the Kyoto Protocol" (better known as The Protocol of the Elders of Power Corp.), a real envirofascist of the first order and one-world fanatic. Witness this quote from the 1992 Rio Earth Summit:
"The concept of national sovereignty has been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation. It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states, however powerful. The global community must be assured of environmental security."
That's not all about Mr. Strong. See an earlier post on this site for more info on his shadowy influence on the Oil-For-Food scandal.
If Rudy Giuliani wants to run for president on the Republican ticket in 2008, I suggest he get the hell away from Maurice Strong as soon as possible.

UPDATED: Bill at Strong World updates that the deal is dead. Well done, Bill.