August 6, 2009
Recently read John Robb (of the excellent Global Guerrillas)’s new book Brave New War.
In it he essentially argues that terrorism can defeat states by forcing them to wear down through systems disruption, and the solution is for states to become decentralized, resilient and sustainable – essentially lifting the methodology and solution set of the green left, though from a completely different ideological perspective – and he seems to assume that capitalism will underlie the resulting global order.
In it he also mentions the role of mercenaries, arguing we are now returning to the status quo of warfare, in which mercenaries play a huge role, after being made redundant by the development of weapons (rifles) which levelled out individual differences on the battlefield.
(We noted back here in Aug 2007 that there were twice as many private military contractors in Iraq than there were US soldiers.)
So what about these private military mercenary companies? Who the hell are they?
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
Right. I mean, I guess you need a certain moral ambiguity to be a mercenary, but yeah, I guess it helps to be actually psychopathic.
To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the Crusades.
Doe #2 also says Prince “repeatedly ignored the assessments done by mental health professionals, and instead terminated those mental health professionals who were not willing to endorse deployments of unfit men.” He says Prince and then-company president Gary Jackson “hid from Department of State the fact that they were deploying men to Iraq over the objections of mental health professionals and security professionals in the field,” saying they “knew the men being deployed were not suitable candidates for carrying lethal weaponry, but did not care because deployments meant more money.
Wow. A legitimate role for mentally unstable white supremacist hate mongering far right religious nutters – come and live your murderous dreams and kill the heathens. That’s a much better sales pitch than the army has. Plus better pay.
Ah, the unsavory dynamics of our happy future happening now.
Oh, there’s more. And way more in the article. I’m not even going to go into “hotwashing”.
I’m not sure I have anything terribly coherent to say about this stuff, actually. Just connecting dots.