Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Blackwater USA - Time to pull out of Iraq?

When the Iraqis voted for Sharia Law, I said it was time to pull out. If we are intent on spreading democracy around the world as some presidents have seemed to be wont to do in violation of our US Constitution - I know, I'm so funny; I still think our US Constitution is in play - then supporting any "government" that functions under Sharia Law is, by definition, not a democracy. You can vote till all your little fingers are purple but if Sharia Law is the result, democracy but rather a theocracy exists. So, we can help extablish more Islamic Republics to our own detriment or not, but putting our contractors harms way and ultimately our soldiers to be tried under Sharia Law is really a plain indicator that it is time to pull out. Our troops don't need to be subjected to even a hint of a threat by an International Court of Injustice and certainly not held accountable to an Iraqi government that our men and women fought and died to create. In Iraq sest to lift contractors' immunity, Sharon Behn reports the latest regarding Blackwater, USA:
"Eric Prince, founder of foreign security company Blackwater USA, whose September shooting incident is inspiring Iraqi lawmakers to work toward removing foreign contractors' immunity from Iraqi law. The Iraqi parliament is poised to pass its first significant piece of legislation since the lawmakers went on summer recess — a bill to remove immunity from expatriate security companies working there. The rare show of solidarity grows out of popular anger over the government's inability to prosecute employees of Blackwater USA for a Sept. 16 shooting incident that left 17 Iraqis dead. However, it is not clear whether U.S. security companies would remain in Iraq if the law is passed. Blackwater founder Erik Prince told The Washington Times this month that he would never hand over his employees to an Iraqi judicial system that he described as fatally flawed."
I know this is about contractors but all steps are incremental and if we have learned nothing else about the Middle East it must be that given an inch, seen as weakness on our part, the powers that be will slither for the next inch. Let's get off our duff, get the Sierra Club out of our faces and clear out underbrush in California to protect homes, wilf-life, and humans too, and drill in ANWAR, drill off the California coast and elsewhere we know we have oil reserves. Regarding Blackwater, if the Iraqi government manages to pass any law and especially one that puts our contractors in jeopardy, then it is time to move out...


Blogger Robocop said...

I am sure contract companies like Blackwater will survive losing business in Iraq. Thanks to their experience there, their resume will be impressive for future contracts. There will always be someone who is willing to hire such experts.

6:00 PM  
Blogger falcon_01 said...

I PRAY that they don't remove the protections. I'm going as a contractor in a month... so, keep me in your prayers and wish me luck! :-)

1:57 PM  
Blogger Beach Girl said...

Falcon_01, get the heck out of there when that wee small voice says, "GET OUT NOW!" Come home...

God bless; you are in our prayers...

3:02 PM  

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