Assignment 4 – Corruption Can Happen

When you take a look at our Congress, President, Judges, and other elected offcials, you assumes that in the United States, these people were fairly elected and represent the majority of the electorate. While we live in a country that prides itself on corruption free values, we must realize that corruption does exist in this country. According to transparency.org, the United States ranks as the 19th least corrupt nation in the world, just behind the United Kingdom. And we thought we were the most just nation in the world… (As a matter of scale, Denmark ranks 1st with a score of 90, while Russia ranks  133rd with a score of 28.)

So what does that mean in terms of humanitarian aid? It means that certain nation will be subject to our aid more than others. It means that more NGO’s will be given preferential treatment (at a cost, be it monetary or positional) on where and what of their aid is given. If Company X only wants its aid to go to Sudan and will raise hell until it is agreed to, it is more likely for that to happen than in Denmark where corruption isn’t as prevalent.

Going back to Linda Polman’s book, War Games/The Crisis Caravan, she argues that the way humanitarian aid is given is so important. The way in which the aid is given can affect any region. Just look at Afghanistan. After President Obama decided to withdraw troops from the embattled country, the aid dried up and Afgahni’s were left wondering who would pay for the rebuilding of their country.

Afghanistan

This begs the question: If you cannot give aid correctly, should you give aid at all? This is a complex question because while we undoubtedly ridded Afghanistan of a terrorist harboring regime in the Taliban (or so we believe), it can be argued that the country we are leaving behind is no better than when we found it.

What does it take to turn a corrupt, aid-needing nation into a successful, self-sustaining, free one? It takes blood and sweat. Look at Egypt. They are entering there second revolution in two years, all for the sake of getting the way of governance right. As horrible as the pictures we get from the embattled country, there tell the painful, but true story of a country figuring out how to get it right.

Im just a 24 year old American who is being asked of his opinion on essential how messed up the world can be. If I can see the corrupt, hypocritical, and tyrannical ways in which the world behaves, certainly my peers and fellow Americans can as well. It is up to us to change this and expand the idea of global citizenship in order for everyone to have their say.

-HCJ

 

Works Cited

Anderson, Ben. “This Is What Winning Looks Like – Part 1.” VICE. N.p., June 2013. Web. 04 July 2013.
“Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 View Results Table View Brochure.” 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index. N.p., 2012. Web. 04 July 2013.
Polman, Linda, and Liz Waters. War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern times. London: Penguin, 2011. Print.

 

 

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