Sunday, January 13, 2008

No way to fight Iraq War

The Iraq war has been fought in an unprecedented fashion as a social experiment. How do you win a war against a brutal enemy, while also trying to win the hearts and minds of people who generally support your enemy? Blackwater is a private contracting group that supports the work of the military. It is being used both as a free-market exercise and also a way to hide the true cost of the war. There is no way a country at war should be concerned with the public relations aspect of its' soldiers (or military contractors) coming under fire.

The Huffington Post notes:

Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whether enemy gunfire provoked the attack, according to people familiar with the government's investigation of the incident.
Damage to the vehicles in the convoy has been held up by Blackwater as proof that its security guards were defending themselves against an insurgent ambush when they fired into a busy intersection, leaving 17 Iraqi civilians dead.
U.S. military investigators initially found "no enemy activity involved" and the Iraqi government concluded the shootings were unprovoked.

Because many in our country are against the war and its' aim, and the Bush administration is trying undo damage to its' worldwide reputation, the U.S. is often in the position of defending the actions of brave Americans who are risking their lives for the country. In any and many specific incidents there very well could be wrong doing on our part. But we are at war, and if you start allowing people the benefit of the doubt, more Americans will die. That will fuel even more hatred as the terrorists in Iraq will become emboldened.

The military contractors should be subject to similar if not the exact rules soldiers are in respect to ability to engage the enemy, and liability for their actions. However, these kind of stories chip away at the moral superiority we retain as a nation. We as a country legitimize the inquires by not asseting that there is always a certain Fog of war. That is why we need to declare Victory and leave Iraq. It is impossible to be in between a war and a peace. There is eventually either one or the other.

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