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Friday, April 02, 2004

Kos has more on mercenaries in Iraq. Note some of the details about the Fallujah Four:

- they were traveling without a convoy, even though they were supposedly 'delivering food'
- one of them spoke Arabic, a rare and precious skill among the American forces in Iraq
- according to this WaPo article one of Blackwater's duties was to "protect... intelligence officers."
- and Fallujah, of course, is as close to enemy territory as you're going to find in Iraq right now

I almost wish those four had been unarmed relief workers out giving milk to little starving Iraqi children. Then I wouldn't have any doubt that what was done to them was completely unjustified.

UPDATE: A quite thorough examination of the issues involved in "military outsourcing" can be found here.

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