rekrunner, you make good points. It is not possible for any organization to be corrupt or incompetent through and through, and you are right to say there are a number of individuals doing the right thing. It would be impossible for me to try to argue that the IAAF as a whole is corrupt, or incompetent, and some may misunderstand my intention as trying to prove just that.
A lot of our disagreements come down to matters of opinion. An "are they doing enough" kind of question. I brought up examples as situations where the IAAF did not do enough, and if they were more committed to anti-doping/ethics, they would have done more.
(I did confuse Stepanovs with Shobukhova). Shobukhova shows what the IAAF should do, and what they are capable of doing. The Stepanovs are an example of their failing to do that. Same thing with the pre 2008 biopassport data: it shows that the IAAF has seen suspicious values and is aware, but is unable to act (justifiably so because of legalities). It is right, but it is frustrating as hell. Coe's reaction to criticism as "a declaration of war" is similarly frustrating as hell. Coe wants to defend the sport from tabloidism. Fine. I get it. But he is ignoring and denigrating the legitimate critics who have something valuable to contribute.
You're right. Coe is not the IAAF, and the history of the IAAF does not represent the history of Coe. But in that same way, it is irritating that many supplant Coe's image as an athlete with his image as a leader for the organization, such as the two posters I replied to which started this whole conversation. Those posts exhume full faith without evidence of his leadership and political qualities, and ignore the evidence of negative manifestations of those qualities. And that attitude in the fan base is frustrating as hell, because we have seen that backfire so often.
Maybe you've convinced me. I'm not sure. But either they are falling short or this is the best they can do. Because either way I'm still not satisfied. You're right to call me out for something closer to ranting than thinking, but even now, after thinking a little more carefully, I still don't feel good.