Last week Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the US, published an article whereby he basically proposed the US to forget about America’s long-term policy of a democracy flagship in exchange for the 10 new Boeings worth of US $1b purchased by Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Airlines. He included in the “package” some other material benefits provided to the US economy by the regime of Mr. Aliyev. Until now I thought that we buy American goods because they are good and we actually need them. In this regard I recall again one of the first books I had read here in prison back in 2013. “Why Nations Fail” by James A. Robinson and Daron Acemoglu described how the Medieval Silk Way brought deadly plague to Europe in 14th century: infections fleas travelled on the rats which had populated huge caravans. Corruption is the plague of the 21st century. I am sure the Boeings will carry sound ideas, not in infectios bad habits.