A lot of posters on S.F. are continually attacking America and other well-off countries for being greedy and corrupt. That's not surprising , since a large number of people in the world , everywhere are greedy and always have been , and sadly , many are corrupt.
Even in a very poor country like Chad , there are doubtless , 'Haves ' and , 'Have-Nots ' and probably some sort of corruption.
However , what is perhaps surprising to hear is the emerging story of the corruption inside the U.N , regarding the ,"Food or Aid for Oil " programme with Iraq. Kofi Annan [?] announced that all the U.N. officials should feel ashamed at what had gone on . I suppose that does include himself , although there was apparently no evidence that he knew that a company belonging to or associated with his son was deeply involved with the corruption.[!]
Whilst all this will come as no surprise to some people , I'm surprised that we haven't heard a huge screech of disgust from the Left. Imagine if Bush and the Americans were in ,"the Dock" !!
No doubt a lot of terrible suffering would have been avoided in Iraq had these officials been honest.
At the time all the suffering was blamed on the sanctions.
Also , I often used to wonder , in the midst of all the suffering , why Saddam didn't sell off a couple of his palaces to help his sick and starving people. No doubt , too busy , raiding the Iraqi Central Bank Vaults for a few more millions to keep him and his followers in the style to which they had become accustomed .