Comments: Friday Without A Theme

Henican: I'd be more impressed if he hadn't bought into the fiction that the Americans killed in Falujah were "civilians." I don't think any of them had less than 12 years of military service ..... and they weren't there working with Oxfam.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 2, 2004 02:11 PM

Yes, but all of the first reports talked about civilians.

I assume that people writing for the major magazines have to have their columns turned in 24 or more hours before publication to be reviewed, coded, and uploaded. I could be mistaken, but I generally cut a sort of "24-hour information lag" sort of slack to such columnists.

And, in fact, they were technically civilians, right? Or not?

I mean, is private military considered military? Or are they civilians?

If they're military, where do you draw the line? What about USofA based "militia" military groups? Are they military or civilian?

My head hurts.

Posted by Anne at April 2, 2004 02:37 PM

Well, considering mercenaries have an eternal tradition in our evolutionary history, I can't say I'm shocked! shocked! to hear this. I mean, who else drives a black SUV in Baghdad? I must say that who ever outfitted these guys for transportation have been reading too many Clancy novels.

But still, this is the libertarian utopia of privatization. I happen to think this is the state's responsibility for precisely this reason. Oh, and they are actually accountable to our laws and military regulations - but that's just a side benefit.

Still, it's horrific. Even more horrific to find out it's a bunch of our mercenaries.

But again. Who drives black SUVs in any zone of Iraq? The blame lies with the cheesy security company who let these jokers get away with this fantasy war gaming flowing cloak and velvet fist thing.

Oh, and the Bush Administration for not having a plan beyond relying on that convicted fraud Chalabi.

I think that's at least part of the problem.

Posted by Hal at April 2, 2004 06:47 PM