Post reporter Steve Fainaru has turned over another stone in Iraq and found a new example of a private U.S. contractor army operating without military command and control. Our Readers Who Comment are mostly appalled.
Today's chapter in what has become a series reports that guards employed by Unity Resources Group, a security company responsible for the shooting deaths of two Iraqi women in Baghdad on Oct. 9, had shot and seriously wounded a man 3 1/2 months earlier, according to witnesses. The company that hired Unity initially said it had no information about the June 24 shooting, but said Iater it discovered internal reports as the Post continued asking about the incident. Fainaru says that "The case demonstrates how security companies such as Unity operate in a lawless void in Iraq, with many shooting incidents escaping official or public scrutiny." A joint U.S.-Iraqi commission on the use of private security contractors was formed after guards for Blackwater Worldwide killed 17 civilians in Baghdad on Sept. 16.
We'll start with fishingriver, who filed the first comment on the article and used it to sum the particulars of the antiwar position. He wrote, "Hired guns shooting to kill without provocation and without repercussions. Torture performed at the presidents request and congress hasn't the votes necessary to stop it. 9 trillion dollars in debt mostly for wars that are only succeeding to fuel extremism in the middle east. This is what the republican party did when it was given the reigns."
claudedunger said, "These cowboys are in effect paid militias. Indiscriminant killing of civilians has to be a war crime..."
But VirginiaConservative had a problem with that characterization, writing, "War crimes? Then you have to apply them evenly. To Saudi, to Iran, to Yemen, to Chechnya. Want to go there?...Or is it just evil and war crimes if you can tag a westerner?"
And kerrd responded, saying, "VAConservative, if cops in the U.S. kill
an innocent person, that is usually resolved by a lawsuit and a settlement to the family by the community that employs the police officer. Why is justice suitable for Americans but
not for Iraqis?"
edlharris suggested that "It seems the one big issue here and with Blackwater is respect. Some of our representatives are not showing it to the Iraqis."
paulnolan97 wrote, "Can't anyone see that the continued millitary occupation of Iraq and the vastly oversized "diplomatic" embassy presence violates any notion of civil law and is itself illegal? By what right do we stay?"
The comment stream took a somewhat different direction when nobushyhair270 suggested, "vote for ron paul look up what he stands for and look at his record Ron Paul 2008"
And sek1026 did just that and said, "OK... went to Ron Paul's website. Looks very American and has me thinking. However, being from Texas and a Republican to boot - I have my doubts."
An interesting article on Paul ran in Sunday's Post Outlook section. Paul is described therein as "a fierce Republican foe of the wars on drugs and terrorism."
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