With all this hoopla about the AWB’s actions in Iraq, statements have been made in various places I’ve read to the effect that “if you do business in a country with a corrupt regime, you don’t get far without playing by their corrupt rules”.
Of course, the UN Oil for Food program is currently under the spotlight. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to start thinking about other trading partners where corruption is commonplace, if not the norm. Two countries that immediately come to mind are China (which also has a shocking human rights record: see Tibet for just one example) and Indonesia.
Suffice to say, the spotlight won’t be shone upon our business dealings because it’s not politically expedient to do so (as it is in the US led charge against the Oil for Food program).