[Reading this account of the slaughter carried out by Blackwater is a nightmare.  It is the equivalent of the My Lai atrocity in Viet Nam which involved a slaughter of the residents of an entire village by angered American troops:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/trenches/my_lai.html

Worse in this instance is that paid mercenaries — some American, but also some carry overs from oppressive regimes such as Pinochet’s Chile — are being used to ‘police’ Iraqis.  Some of our own soldiers have similarly flipped out and slaughtered innocents — probably far more than we shall ever know. But they were mainly young and inexperienced with the horrors of war.  These guys are seasoned professionals who have no restraints placed on them and are little more than high paid ($200,000+ per year each) mass murderers.  Bluntly put, this is yet another reason for American shame — illegal war, torture, violations of human rights and international law and now — brutal mass MURDERS!!!

Shame, Bush, Cheney and Co.  What next — mass killing of Iranians?

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From Errand to Fatal Shot to Hail of Fire to 17 Deaths
By JAMES GLANZ and ALISSA J. RUBIN
New details have emerged on an episode involving a
Blackwater USA convoy that killed 17 people and left 24
wounded.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/world/middleeast/03firefight.html?th&emc=th

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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