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March 25, 2004
Bang Bang

The use of private soldiers, mercenaries, in the Middle East has been floating around in the domestic and international press for a while now. I know I've written about it already, but I can't remember if I linked to this article or not.

I'm not sure I understand why our own military needs to keep soldiers-for-hire on their contractor list, but surfing the Blackwater site produces some possible reasons. Like, they make targets. Those things people shoot at to practice their aim.

It looks like, increased steel prices have forced a price increase for targets, proving no one is immune from problems with international trade.

The site makes Blackwater USA sound like a training-and-supply warehouse. You have to poke around to find even the slightest hint of them providing warm bodies for combat.

Googling Blackwater USA produces some interesting pages.

And yet.... Always easily distracted by side issues, I find myself wondering just who this Rutherfoord Company is?

They seem to be the only entity (outside the military) willing to have their name advertised on Blackwater's site but I can't figure out what an insurance company need with mercenaries?

There's a lot going on that I don't understand, but there usually is.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:20 AM