Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Don't Fuck with a Neo-Con!

"If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too," Paul Wolfowitz is reported to have said, when his nepotism at the World Bank was revealed.
The arrogance of the Washington political class is appalling!
The man can't stand being faced with the truth. Even though several hundred employees at the World Bank have signed at petition in protest at his violation of the bank's rules this does not seem to affect him. He has got the support of President Bush. And the Americans call the shots in the World Bank, whether it's favouring loan applications from friendly countries or it's protecting fellow neo-cons.

Alas. This is the institution Denmark and a number of European governments are paying big sums to every year - to help underdeveloped countries develop, the official aim is supposed to be. Actually it is mostly self-help to American corporations and interests. They can use the Bank's engagement to promote their own interests.

It seems to high time for change in the World Bank. The Europeans should stop being poodles cosying up to Uncle Sam. High time they demand part of the action for themselvs and their pets in the Third World. Or perhaps it is high time for a world without exploitative relationships that the World Bank is such a sorry symbol of!


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