Saturday, October 06, 2007

A personal view of Blackwater

I survived Blackwater

We get to hear a lot of official stories about Blackwater. Here's the personal opinion of one person who dealt with them quite a bit.


PoliShifter said...

Pretty damn disgusting. We need more people like this to speak out.

"I began to wonder whether my meetings, intended to further U.S. policy goals and improve the lives of Iraqis, were doing more harm than good. With our drivers honking at, cutting off, pelting with water bottles (a favorite tactic) and menacing with weapons anyone in their way, how many enemies were we creating?"
"As we approached at typical breakneck speed, the Blackwater driver honked furiously and motioned to the side, as if they should pull over. The kids in the back seat looked back in horror, mouths agape at the sight of the heavily armored Suburbans driven by large, armed men in dark sunglasses. The poor Iraqi driver frantically searched for a means of escape, but there was none. So the lead Blackwater vehicle smashed heedlessly into the car, pushing it into the barrier. We zoomed by too quickly to notice if anyone was hurt."

And the kicker:

""Where do you all expect them to go?" I shrieked. "It was an old guy and a family, for goodness' sake. Was it necessary for them to destroy their poor old car?"

My driver responded impassively: "Ma'am, we've been trained to view anyone as a potential threat. You don't know who they might use as decoys or what the risks are. Terrorists could be disguised as anyone.""

shayera said...

And today they killed two women and just kept going. Head shots. With children in the car.

Chuck said...

Good find Shayera! I'm going to post this up in my entry tomorrow and credit you.

"And today they killed two women and just kept going. Head shots. With children in the car."

Was that Blackwater? I seem to remember reading about an Australian hired gun outfit killing a couple of women yesterday.