Paul Wolfowitz Does The World A Favorby Doug Mataconis
Apparently, the little scandal he’s involved in is leading some to think that the World Bank may be irreparably harmed:
The leadership crisis engulfing the World Bank began with talk of favoritism for a girlfriend and ill feeling about the Iraq war. But as the bank’s board this week considers the fate of President Paul D. Wolfowitz, the ethics controversy has swelled into a test of who controls the institution and its future relevance in battling global poverty.
The outcome could determine whether governments from Berlin to Buenos Aires would be willing to contribute new funds in support of the bank’s mission.
“There’s a real danger because of this Wolfowitz stuff that donors are going to find a reason not to give,” said Elizabeth Stuart, senior policy adviser for Oxfam International, an anti-poverty group in Washington.
Is it asking too much to hope that this organization that has done more to harm the world’s poor than help them just simply goes away ? Probably, but any damage Wolfowitz does, albeit unintentionally, will be good enough.