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Blackwater

Original post made by Jag Singh, Los Altos, on Nov 6, 2007

The growing penchant for using private contractors such as Blackwater to fight proxy wars is extremely disturbing. As a deep revulsion continues to grow against the war in Iraq, the use of mercenaries could well subvert the will of the people and would be a direct threat to our fragile democracy. The attempted theft of Iraq's oil resources under the guise of ushering in the 'fresh breeze of democracy' has created a genocidal conflict exacerbated by the presence of soldiers of fortune Granted immunity from prosecution in Iraq by the now disgraced Paul Bremer, the former US czar of Iraq, these mercenaries have been responsible for scores of civilian fatalities and thus intensified the rage against US occupation forces. Tragically, Congress continues to bankroll these 'for profit' soldiers of fortune from Blackwater and at least 25 other private military corporations. According to R.J. Hillhouse's website, TheSpyWhoBilledMe.com, the U.S, spends $42 billion annually on private intelligence contractors amounting to 70 percent of the U.S. intelligent budget. What is particularly galling is the practice of hiring these foreign companies to serve as law enforcement officers in U.S. cities. For example, Blackwater and ISI—Instinctive Shooting International (veterans of Israeli military, police and intelligence operations) were used to 'police' New Orleans following the Katrina disaster.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 7, 2007 at 5:04 am

Self defense is an inherent right, and defense against a deadly threat often must be deadly. To demand a restraint by only one side of a struggle is to forfeit the fight.
Security operations are different than tactical military combat.


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Posted by good grief
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 7, 2007 at 7:11 am

Yes, and proxy wars are being fought every day by our police in the USA..we should be ashamed of supporting them.

Deep revulsion continues to grow against the war in Iraq? Where do you get this idea? I haven't noticed anyone being too disturbed by the growing peace in Iraq..the growing economy in Iraq..the growing infrastructure in Iraq..the growing unity between Shias and Sunnis...

The only ones who have a growing revulsion to the "war in Iraq" are those who see a growing probability that the side of dictatorship is lost.


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Posted by gp
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 7, 2007 at 10:55 am

good grief,

oh mean democracy with a gun pointed at their heads?