Saturday, February 09, 2008

Blackwater - A Private Army

They were Blackwater employees, the men who were ambushed and burned alive in Fallujah, Iraq, on March 31, 2004. The haunting images of their charred bodied hanging from a bridge over the Euphrates River escalated hostilites. U.S. forces soon ringed Fallujah and more death followed.

Before reading Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill, I believed that the use of Blackwater and other private security forces in war zones was an efficient use of resources and manpower - a solution to the overworked volunteer U.S. military. After reading Blackwater I view the solution as dangerous. Battle-hardened private soldiers stand ready. Where is the next Iraq?

An interview of Jeremy Scahill about Blacker posted at YouTube is below.

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