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Friday, October 05, 2007

Culture Precedes Economics Precedes Politics

Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska
Family Memorial
 
Radhi Hamza al Radhi, former head of Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity, is claiming that corruption has cost the country tens of billions of dollars, with about a half billion dollars being siphoned for terrorism through Sunni and Shiite militias.
I want people to know that real corruption— from the highest to the lowest levels of government— is destroying my country. It is impossible to have both democracy and corruption at the same time.
California Democrat Henry Waxman, with whom I rarely agree, is also on it:
One of the keys to political reconciliation is combating corruption. ... An honest assessment of corruption in Iraq will provide insight into whether political progress is possible.
Indeed. Radhi is now seeking US asylum following threats against him and his family and against those of the other families of commision members.
 
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