On Blackwater, Specifically...
My excerpts from The Pro-War Undertow of the Blackwater Scandal by Norman Solomon:
. . . . One of the most unusual aspects of the current Blackwater scandal is that it places recent killings of Iraqi civilians front-and-center even though the killers were Americans. This angle is outside the customary media frame that focuses on what Iraqis are doing to each other and presents Americans – whether in military uniform or in contractor mode – as well-meaning heroes who sometimes become victims of dire circumstances.
. . . . The current Blackwater scandal should help us to understand the dynamics that routinely set in when occupiers – whether privatized mercenaries or uniformed soldiers – rely on massive violence against the population they claim to be helping.
Terrible as Blackwater has been and continues to be, that profiteering corporation should not be made a lightning rod for opposition to the