Thursday, March 18, 2010
Transparency International has published a list of the most corrupt nations in the world. They surveyed 180 nations. The number one nation, the best, least corrupt nation, is New Zealand. The US comes in at number 19, not too bad, sandwiched between Japan and the United Kingdom tied at 17, and Barbados at number 20.
At the bottom of the list at 180 is Somalia. Somalia is no surprise. It is the home of the ocean pirates and touted as having no effective government.
What I found interesting is number 179 and number 176, Afghanistan and Iraq. Wait! Aren't these the countries that we are supposed to be "bringing democracy to"? Aren't these the countries that we are saving from the death throes of dictatorship and religious fanaticism?
What the hell are we doing there?
What kind of example are we setting for the rest of the world?