Monday, September 24, 2007

Sometimes other people say it better

This quote sums up my feelings on the shooting incident involving Blackwater Security in Iraq last week:

Blackwater USA is in the news because of a shootout about a week ago in Baghdad which resulted in the death of about a dozen civilians. . . . If innocent people were killed then that is a tragedy, but these guys aren't providing personal security to Britney Spears and Puff Daddy, moving crowds aside so they can enter LA nightclubs unimpeded.

Before you jump to conclusions that these are trigger-happy Special Forces wannabees, keep in mind most of them did their national service in the US, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, or elsewhere as trained, qualified Special Forces, Navy Seal, Air Force Special Ops, or other elite force members. So they are special forces already-have-beens. . . . As far as I'm concerned, they have earned the benefit of the doubt.

1 comment:

Jonathan B. said...

I disagree with you on this one, not in the sense that I don't also give them the benefit of the doubt, but in that I don't think the phrase should even be used in this context, regardless. The idea of having private security forces operating in a war zone is completely unprecedented for us, as far as I know. It really makes you wonder why the army isn't tasked with guarding politicians as would've been the case in all other wars prior. Something may not be fishy about the good folks working for blackwater, but something is very fishy about the fact that blackwater is being used to begin with. It deserves a great deal of scrutiny.