E tu Interpol?

Monday, 8 October 2007

From an increasingly shoddy 60 Minutes we learn this week that the terribly benighted, undervalued, underutilized Interpol aided 4,500 arrests last year. They farm out arrests, not having much in the way of an executive arm, so you can think of their arrests as RBI. With a staff of around 600 this means that the dedicated members of Interpol can each boast nearly 8 arrests a year. If only regular police officers in plain old countries could each make half as many arrests!

Ron Noble, the secretary general since 1999, informs us that his struggle is to make the world understand that Interpol is up against a billion dollar problem with million dollar budgets. My struggle is to make Ron understand that all the money in the world can’t stop a reasonably intelligent individual bent on killing a few hundred people from tossing a Molotov cocktail into a nightclub with bad exits. Because the simplified—and not coincidentally more accurate—version of the puzzle is we’re up against a hundred dollar problem with a billion dollars worth of beggars and cowards in the way.

Myself: How much does a plane ticket from Boston to LA cost, anyway?

Me: Oh, for the love of fuck…

Myself: What? Too soon? You know, I almost went with “two long tons of ammonium nitrate and a rental truck” but I just didn’t feel the gag had the same impact.

Me: …

Myself: You know… Impact.

Me: I hate you.

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