Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Iraq Demands Compensation From Blackwater: Today's Cartoon

Despite the insurgents and sectarian militias, it would appear that the greatest threat to Iraq's fledgling "democracy" is actually the private security firms, which seemingly operate with impunity and undermine the authority and credibility of the Iraq's "freely-elected" government.

After ordering the expulsion of "Blackwater" from Iraq following a recent civilian shooting incident in Baghdad, not only was the demand of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not taken seriously by the company, it also failed as a warning to other security firms to reevaluate their rules of "engagement", as civilian shootings continue to occur.

While some may question the legitimacy of the Iraqi government, the fact of the matter is that in order to at least create the "impression" of a functioning democracy, a "sovereign" state should be permitted to exercise its right to self-determination, even if the outcome is akin to a puppet having an abdominoperineal resection.

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