Suppose a costly, unnecessary war is about to be waged by a western Democracy. Also suppose the reason for the war is corruption (i.e. the leader in power figures he can enrich himself and his friends by waging this war).
With superb organization, planning and foresight, is it possible to prevent the war by bribing the corrupt leader directly? Suppose every citizen who is against the war contributes $50, and over $1 billion dollars is raised.
Could the ransom legally be paid to the corrupt leader and would it ensure the country does not go to war?