Corrupt countries

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First published in Letters by

WHEN you hate America and the West as much as R Westmoreland (Letters, January 7) appears to do, no amount of facts will change your thinking.

However, in case anyone genuinely thinks Britain is more corrupt than Afghanistan, it’s worth checking the international corruption index.

In 2013 Britain was rated as the 14th least corrupt country on earth (the USA was 19th); Afghanistan came third from bottom.

As for the idea that the Taliban are noble freedom fighters, the moment they get near power again, freedom for women will vanish. The West has got many things wrong in Afghanistan, but we are fighting for liberty. Our enemy is fighting for tyranny, oppression, ignorance and corruption.

James Richards, Scarcroft Road, York.

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12:30pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Quite right James. And let us add Pakistan and Nigeria to that long list of corrupt states.
Quite right James. And let us add Pakistan and Nigeria to that long list of corrupt states. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: 10

2:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

I have just looked back and read R. Westmorland's letter, and I have to say that James Richardson owes him an apology for some serious misrepresentations.
1) The writer says R Westmorland appears to hate the West. That view is not supported by anything written in R. Westmorland's letter.
2) Taliban nobel freedom fighters??? Mr Westmorland says nothing of the sort. Mr Richard's is putting words in his mouth.

I cannot speak for R. Westmorland, but in my view the Taliban is a vile, far right organisation, even more obnoxious than the BNP here. Blair and Bush should be on their knees begging forgiveness for creating a situation where the Taliban racists murderers and bigots are stronger than ever, where the plight of women is far worse than it was before the invasion, Where tens of thousands are dead and many more maimed,and where Afghanistan is about to harvest the largest opium crop in history under the eyes of the British and American occupiers

As far as corruption is concerned, the West's puppet government under Mohammed Karzai, are totally corrupt, probably the most corrupt regime on the planet The West knows this, and yet it backs them

The disaster inflicted by Bush and Blair on the people of Afghanistan is a crime against humanity for which they should be imprisoned for life.
In Iraq too, where there was never an al Qaeda before the invasion, that vile organisation is now thriving and is in control of Falluja.
History will neither forget nor forgive the criminals who inflicted this misery on the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, and which has resulted in the deaths of so many young British men and women
I have just looked back and read R. Westmorland's letter, and I have to say that James Richardson owes him an apology for some serious misrepresentations. 1) The writer says R Westmorland appears to hate the West. That view is not supported by anything written in R. Westmorland's letter. 2) Taliban nobel freedom fighters??? Mr Westmorland says nothing of the sort. Mr Richard's is putting words in his mouth. I cannot speak for R. Westmorland, but in my view the Taliban is a vile, far right organisation, even more obnoxious than the BNP here. Blair and Bush should be on their knees begging forgiveness for creating a situation where the Taliban racists murderers and bigots are stronger than ever, where the plight of women is far worse than it was before the invasion, Where tens of thousands are dead and many more maimed,and where Afghanistan is about to harvest the largest opium crop in history under the eyes of the British and American occupiers As far as corruption is concerned, the West's puppet government under Mohammed Karzai, are totally corrupt, probably the most corrupt regime on the planet The West knows this, and yet it backs them The disaster inflicted by Bush and Blair on the people of Afghanistan is a crime against humanity for which they should be imprisoned for life. In Iraq too, where there was never an al Qaeda before the invasion, that vile organisation is now thriving and is in control of Falluja. History will neither forget nor forgive the criminals who inflicted this misery on the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, and which has resulted in the deaths of so many young British men and women Jonthan
  • Score: -4

3:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Sillybillies says...

I have to agree with Jonthan for once. Blair, Brown, Alistair Campbell and others in the past New Labour regime should be tried for crimes against humanity and if found guilty made to stand on the same scaffold as Saddam.
I have to agree with Jonthan for once. Blair, Brown, Alistair Campbell and others in the past New Labour regime should be tried for crimes against humanity and if found guilty made to stand on the same scaffold as Saddam. Sillybillies
  • Score: 6

9:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

old_geezer says...

Jonthan is right, Mr Richards is attacking a straw man rather than dealing with his opponent's arguments.
Jonthan is right, Mr Richards is attacking a straw man rather than dealing with his opponent's arguments. old_geezer
  • Score: -2

11:33am Fri 10 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

Anyone know who compiles the Corruption Index?
Anyone know who compiles the Corruption Index? Zetkin
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

Lets add Somalia to the most corrupt nation list.
Lets add Somalia to the most corrupt nation list. bravo whisky
  • Score: 11

7:21pm Sun 12 Jan 14

York Fox says...

Zetkin wrote:
Anyone know who compiles the Corruption Index?
It's a collation of statistics and reports from almost every major world institution.
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Anyone know who compiles the Corruption Index?[/p][/quote]It's a collation of statistics and reports from almost every major world institution. York Fox
  • Score: 1

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