Reports have been circulating to the effect that various relatives of the awfully nice chap running Afghanistan have had it away on their toes with billions in aid money. Â This is an old story on aid and money paid in bribes.
The question as I see it is why ‘we’ keep being so dumb as to keep paying out money like this knowing from history that it goes into the pockets of these ‘filthy foreigners’. Â Whilst it seems possible that the politicians and businesspeople with very large bank balances are total idiots, there is an alternative view.
In a French episode of this stuff, involving selling submarines to Pakistan it seems some of such money was kickbacked into funding French election bids. Â What might be the money trail of kickbacks of stolen aid and bribe money be in the general sense? Â Aid and bribe money is dwarfed by capital flight from recipient countries. Â Could the money ‘lost’ in Afghanistan (which could have done something like doing up the homes of our soldiers’ families) have kicked back much closer to home than a wad of cash stuffed into an account in Dubai?
We don’t know much about the trail of such stolen money. Â Documentaries tend to stop at the wall of Johnny Foreigner. Â They are always beyond our jurisdiction – very convenient. Â It’s very hard to imagine those doling out aid and bribes don’t know what they are doing and benefit themselves.