The muck and mire of Afghan corruption covers every aspect of society and prevents emergence of a population which trusts its government and is willing to sacrifice for its success. The UN Office on Drugs and Crimes is attempting to train a new generation of Afghan prosecutors but they work in an anti-corruption agency riddled with corruption. Najibulla Akabari returned to Afghanistan after many years spent abroad. “This country does not want people to live peacefully. In Afghanistan you have to pay step by step, wherever you go, you have to pay… Here if you are rich, you have no rules”–except for the rule that pay someone and your problems disappear like paying taxes. The Afghan way of life is that every aspect of life is up for auction and the police are both sellers and buyers.
According to Qaseem Ludin, deputy director of the High Office for Oversight and Anti-Corrpution, “it is very common these days to hear that regular people join the insurgency because they are fed up with the government’s lack of programs and services.” One way to express displeasure towards a government which offers its services to the highest bidder is to join the Taliban and kill those who sell services. The UN estimates one out of two Afghans had to pay a kickback to a public official in 2009. Integrity Watch Afghanistan estimates people paid between $700 million to $2 billion in bribes.
President Karzai and his family are linked to corruption and when he is pushed to take action, the president warns he might join the Taliban. Is it possible for the United States of America to bribe the Taliban in order to have them allow Karzai to join their ranks? That would be an excellent bribe.