jeudi, septembre 20, 2007

Blackwater

Saw the news on TV that some Blackwater soldiers fired at Iraqis while escorting a diplomat on sunday. 11 Iraqies were dead and investigation was ongoing to find out the reason for the shoot out.

Who were these Blackwater soldiers? They were mercenaries hired to provide security to ang mohs in Iraq. It was estimated that the lifespan of a white man/woman in the street of Baghad was 6 minutes. Companies in Iraq doing business or TV crew members had to hire these private soldiers for protection. A simple escort journey from/to the airport that took 20 minutes would cost 2000€. These soldiers were very visible as they drove big cars, carried big guns and made their presence heavily felt. The reporter in the field commented that these "Rambos" caused unease to the ordinary Iraqis.

The American government relied on these private soldiers for several reasons. The government needed to justify with its people and senates for sending more of its soldiers to Iraq. Since Blackwater was a private company, the government just needed the budget to be approved for hiring security. Less deaths in the Ministry of Defense would prevent public outcry on the war in Iraq.

The images of burnt cars and angry iraqis .... An eyewitness said that such shootouts happened often. He added that if Bush had not begin the war, these Blackwater guys would not be there. It would be very long before this country could be rebuilt with peace; where water would be clear and not black.

2 commentaires:

Gimmo a dit…

My dear, you have put me to shame. To be truthful, I saw this news and I would not care more since I knew I will never step foot into the Middle East (for obvious reason). My goodness... 30+ years of living in a safe country has made me jaded and taken the country for granted. Time to show my patriotism by joining some sales to boost our country's economy. Hope to see you soon in SG and take good care of yourself. Please send my regards to Seb too.

sohcool a dit…

Extra info from BBC today:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7024370.stm