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different culture, different rules and customs. I imagine when the whole story is told, it will involve Blackwater mercenaries. They seem to enjoy shooting unarmed people, especially since they have immunity from prosecution.
Originally posted by dismanrc
reply to post by LLoyd45
You don’t see people in the US racing up to ships in speedboats “trying to sell things”.
So it never happens here.
I read nothing in the news release to support a history of attacks by small boats in the region. If there was, please quote it for me. There's is a history of merchants peddling cigarettes and other items though.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
So if a ship, carrying military supplies, orders a boat in a region that has had a history of using small boats as weapons, orders said boat to stop, the boat DOES NOT OBEY ORDERS and continues to approach the ship, and the ship opens fire, it's got to be Blackwater and they shot because they enjoy it?
AS I said before, never did I say it was their equipment.
I would say it's a LOT more likely that it was a ship guaranteeing that the VITAL MILITARY SUPPLIES made it to the war zone. The MRAP that was being carried by the ship is used by the US military, NOT Blackwater. Blackwater doesn't have enough armored vehicles to require a ship the size of the Global Patriot to transport them, and they use a different type of vehicle than the MRAP that is produced in South Africa. The Grizzly APC that is used by Blackwater is produced in North Carolina, NOT South Africa. The evidence is pointing at these being MILITARY supplies NOT Blackwater. And Blackwater wouldn't have anything to do with transporting military supplies.
They use mercenaries like Blackwater all the time over there. We don't have enough troops in the region to fulfill all vital roles. I'd be interested in knowing where the vessel was going with the vehicles.
If they are escorted, they are escorted by a US Navy ship, with Marines on board her, NOT with a mercenary group.
Originally posted by Shadowflux
I wonder how big the egyptian "merchant" barge was because those container ships are huge. I'd imagine they'd be shooting down on the barge from at least fifty feet.
However, had they been suicidal terrorists I suppose they wouldln't have stopped their bomb laiden boat after only one of them had been shot.