Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sepp the Magnificent

Yes. I know. Football (soccer) is not international development or foreign policy.  But it reflects the dreams of many countries.  That's why the FIFA scandal is a foreign policy problem.  Sepp Blatter was re-elected to a another four year presidency of FIFA - arguably one of the most corrupt organizations in the world and run just like the Mafia, but without the efficiency.  Blatter organized an accurate replication of Soviet style elections - he was the only one running.

He promises reforms while silencing critics.  He has stood over the shambles of an organization that indulges is bribary on an international scale, involving individuals and countries.  He should have been expelled, not re-elected.  FIFA needs to be turned inside-out and flushed.

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