Opinion – Tony Blair: force is necessary in struggle against radical Islam | Politics | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Tony Blair at the 2007 G8 summit, Germany

Tony Blair at the 2007 G8 summit, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pentagon has already submitted a plan to President Obama telling him how to defeat ISIS but he has rejected it.

He does not want “boots on the ground” and is interested in toppling Syria and appeasing Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, who are the financial paymasters of ISIS.

Dr Alf’s question relates to Tony Blair, who is respected in America, however, the armaments manufacturers on the Washington “Beltway” and the jobs they create plus lobbying from our own BAE Defence Systems are an even more powerful voice who want to sell arms to the same people who are financing ISIS.

For the time being, the Obama calculus may very well be let ISIS, Boko Haram and others rampage but put no boots on the ground until he is ready to leave office in November 2016, after which the problem is someone else’s.

If in the meantime, Syria falls and the next domino on the Middle East chessboard, Iran remains in the cross hairs, then so much the better for Obama who can argue that he has no mandate from a war-weary US public to put “boots on the ground”.

The reality is that the money does not flow to ISIS directly but goes via a Turkish bank in London and then to Turkey which is in league with ISIS by supplying logistics, using its hospitals and doctors to treat ISIS fighters.

Other money for ISIS comes from looting and plundering the areas they conquer, the application of taxes on the conquered populations (the ones they don’t kill) and from sales of oil.

Like Tony Blair, I think these people are at war with us already, and our response has been and still is limp-wristed and inadequate.

However, Obama is a man who vacillates and dithers, so I expect him to play the waiting game, wash his hands of the affair in latter day Pontius Pilate style and drive off on his golf buggy into the Californian sunset in 2016.

John Gelmini

2014 Corruption Perceptions Index — Results

This is an excellent, must-read, article. Check it out!

via 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index — Results.

This objective measurement of corruption is important to focus on the countries that have the best and the worst records. Ordinarily, senior management would sponsor bench-marking studies to identify opportunities for improvement. Unfortunately, the senior management here are often the political classes who have gained most from the perpetuation of corruption.

Corruption also spills over into commercial transactions. Companies in countries with a good record on corruption, in their dealings with corrupt countries often compete by playing the dirty games of corruption.

To really understand corruption, it is necessary to look at the challenge subjectively and understand the cultural and behavioral factors that make it more prevalent in some countries than others.

Even in countries with a low record of corruption by objective measurement, there are seriously corrupt individuals and businesses and institutions who want to play dirty for their gains.

Any thoughts on hard measures to reduce corruption?