Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Iraq Orders Blackwater Expulsion: Today's Cartoon

The way I see it, if the removal of private security firms like Blackwater USA from Iraq were as easy as the Iraqi government ordering them to get out, then they most likely would have done it already, since this isn't the first civilian shooting incident that this company has been involved in. And yet somehow I get the suspicion that by finally doing so, it will be Maliki government that is actually forced to leave.

You see, since the beginning of the war, tens of thousands of private security contractors have operated under a veil of secrecy in Iraq, as part of the Bush Administration's "shadow army". Little is known publicly about the activities of these companies since all aspects of their operations are shrouded in mystery and shielded from oversight. Yet despite the covert nature of these firms, what is known is that unlike conventional forces, a private army is not defeated militarily, but rather by getting their operating license revoked.

Now, if an all-out military assault on Fallujah is any indication of the kind of reaction that the White House has towards an attack against Blackwater employees, imagine their response towards a strike against the company itself. My guess is that these private U.S. security firms won't be going anywhere, without a fight.

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