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Originally posted by Hal9000
Wow, this is huge.
I wonder if this banning will stand. I have a feeling the US will insist on reinstating the license, because they will say they need the help. Maybe this is a turning point for the Iraqi government. If we can't end this war, maybe they will.
Originally posted by pai mei
Blacwater is responsible for all those truck bombings in the markets, that is what Blackwater does.
Religious wars are not like that - killing indiscriminately.
They bomb to destabilize that country and to have a reason to stay there.
“The size and scope of the private military contingent in Iraq also cut to the heart of the most troubling questions about the Bush administration's handling of the war. They point up the administration's inadequate planning and preparation, its lack of transparency about the war's financial and human cost, and its sense of denial about whether it put enough American troops on the ground to accomplish the task handed to them. The hiring of such a large private force and the ensuing casualties that it has taken outside of public awareness and discussion have served as a novel means for displacing some of the political costs of the war. Even more troubling, the growth of such an ad hoc market arrangement, lying outside the chain of command, makes an already tough mission even more difficult, and risks lives on both the troop and contractor side.”
Originally posted by makeitso Really? Which one? There are 4 Geneva Conventions according to Wiki, and I don't really want to wade thru them all. Could you provide a link to help me out?
Originally posted by makeitso Yeah, thats kinda what I figured you'de say. Perhaps thats because thats not what it really says, eh Fritz?
A mercenary is any person who is specially recruited in order to fight in an armed conflict, who takes a direct part in the hostilities, who is motivated by money and is promised substantially higher pay than that paid to other combatants of similar rank, who is not a national of one of the countries involved in the conflict nor a resident of a territory controlled by any of the parties, is not a member of the armed forces of any of the parties, and who has not been sent by another country on official duty as a member of its armed forces. (Protocol I, Art. 47)
A mercenary does not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war. (Protocol I, Art. 37)
Happy now? In other words if you look at other Articles within the GC, you are free to draw your own conclusions as I previously stated.
It seems to me makeitso, that you favour the use of these armed civilian thugs and you appear to condone the continuing bloodshed they appear to be causing.
In this you are not alone but it does highlight the somewhat maniacal baying for blood that appears to be prevalent within the USA who mistakenly believe every word that Halliburton, Cheney and Bush utter.
No WMDs, no nuclear arsenal, no right for sanctions, no right to invade, not a just 'war' but another example of land grabbing and exploitation of a nation that has been robbed of its right to self determination.