Thursday, April 01, 2004

Here's what you've been seeing on TV and reading in the headlines in the aftermath of Fallujah:

Barbarity a ghastly cost of doing business for contractors -- San Francisco Chronicle

Top U.S. administrator in Iraq condemns brutal killings of four American civilians -- AP via the Boston Globe

Here's the reality about those (cough) "civilian contractors":

The Americans killed yesterday were employees of U.S. government sub-contractor Blackwater Security Consulting, based in Moyock, North Carolina, which was assigned to protect food convoys, the company said a statement.

And who is Blackwater Security Consulting?

Blackwater Security Consulting is a strategic division of Blackwater USA. Blackwater USA has historically provided a spectrum of support to military, government agencies, law enforcement and civilian entities in training, targets and range operations as a solution provider.

Blackwater Security Consulting has it roots in the Special Operations community and continues to sustain the skills that have been acquired over the years as effective tools that will support both national and commercial objectives. Our staff has a wealth of exceptional experience worldwide and is renowned for dealing with high-risk situations and complex operations. Our mission is to provide the client with veteran military, intelligence and law enforcement professionals with demonstrated field operations performance tempered with mature experience in both foreign and domestic requirements. We employ only the most highly motivated and professional operators, all drawn from various U.S. and international Special Operations Forces, Intelligence and Law Enforcement organizations.

In other words, they were mercs. Soldiers of fortune. To put it bluntly (and more coldly than I really mean), they knew the job was dangerous when they took it. What was done to them was despicable, but this is not exactly the murder of innocents Big Media wants you to believe it was.

No death is too horrific to score political points with, I guess.

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