Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mercenaries, Men with No Country, Soldiers in Search of a War

From Newsweek this week:
Blackwater guards disarmed the U.S. Army soldiers and made them lie on the ground at gunpoint .... Unlike nearly everyone else who enters the Green Zone, said an American soldier who guards a gate, Blackwater gunmen refuse to stop and clear their weapons of live ammunition .... One military contractor, who spoke anonymously for fear of retribution in his industry, recounted the story of a Blackwater operative who answered a Marine officer's order to put his pistol on safety when entering a base post office by saying, "This is my safety," and wiggling his trigger finger in the air. "Their attitude was, 'We're f–––ing security; we don't have to answer to anybody'."
Proponents of this war accuse opponents of demoralizing the troops. Proponents need to stop pointing fingers elsewhere and look within their own ranks: Blackwater seems to be true demoralizer.

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