I remember the day the English Football Association (EFA) tried to bring charges of corruption against Blatter several years ago over the allocation of a venue for the World Cup. The brave English official stood alone against virtually every FIFA country official saying Blatter was corrupt and quoting chapter and verse of the bribery of officials that was bringing the organisation into disrepute. Nobody wanted to know. Those who had said they would support the English resolution to make Blatter resign faded away once a vote was taken. Virtually all the officials had been bought off by Blatter. It was humiliating defeat for the English Football Association. Blatter sneered his contempt for the English official while other officials laughed at him as he left the FIFA meeting.
But the EFA was right, and it was prepared to make a stand against corruption in high places. It has taken the might of the United States judicial system to finally bring matters to a head. Blatter was re-elected last week, despite seven top FIFA officials being arrested two days before the vote as part of a US prosecution. The arrogant Blatter thought he had got away with it again safe in the knowledge that he had bribed his way to the top again. Not this time.
This time it was the English FIFA official who had the last laugh:
"As I announced following the election at FIFA Congress, I simply could not countenance serving on the FIFA Executive Committee alongside Mr. Blatter. I respect his decision but am pleased he is standing aside and by the clear determination for real change within FIFA. This in turn allows me to reconsider my position." -- English FA Vice Chairman David Gill.
One such organisation is the United Nations itself. Most of its members are not democracies. As membership of the UN has grown so have the ambitions of some of its top officials to form a world government that reflects its membership. Already countries have, foolishly in my opinion, signed treaties and resolutions that take precedence over national laws and self interest. Through this mechanism the undemocratic countries of the world seek to impose their will. It is why people should be aware of the corruption implicit in UN Agenda 21.
Big organisations are not content with small ambitions. It’s the same with the European Union. What started off as an economic union has become something entirely different: a desire by some top officials for a political union. It is an undemocratic organisation with power not in the hands of elected officials but in the grip of the bureaucrats of the European Commission. Once again nations have given away large chunks of their sovereignty to an organisation whose political system does not necessarily reflect the will of their own peoples.
The tensions between competing political philosophies and national temperaments of these supranational blocs will ensure their eventual demise but not before many tears are shed and, I suspect, much blood.
Blatter is gone. There is a chance for the redemption of FIFA but will it be able to root out corruption? I doubt it, not while corruption is the political system of the majority of its member nations. But, for now, there is a least some hope.