“I am waiting to meet you in paradise.”

With these fateful words, today’s New York Times article on Blackwater finishes off another tawdry, bloody, and very disturbing tale.

It is well worth reading, although get ready to weep at the end.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, there are three distinct battles being played out, in three very different locations.

* US Domestic arena
Darrell Issa, (R-CAL) a car thief, later a car alarm manufacturer, thief, scoundrel, liar and cheat,

vs.

Henry Waxman (D- CAL) currently, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

The key player? the reclusive, former special services neocon, ultra-evangelical president of Blackwater, Erik Prince.
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* US Foreign arena
Prime Minister Nouri Kamel Mohammed Hassan al-Maliki (Shia-Iraq)

vs.

US Secretary Condaleeza Rice (SexState- USA)

The Key player? The Iraqi on the street. If Maliki caves in to Condi’s pressure, all hope for an independent Iraq that can stand up for itself is gone forever.
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* Iraq Domestic arena
Blackwater USA (murderous Mercenaries)

vs.

The Iraqi People (target practice, especially the little ones)

The Key player? Surprisingly, American citizens have the biggest voice into who will win this battle. If we realize it in time, that is.
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In the first battle, Issa is doing everything in his power to derail any US serious inspection or supervision of his friends in Blackwater. If you tasted but a sample of his recent speeches in congress, his performance on CSpan, and his incredible diatribe during the committee meeting, you would realize that profits and war-mongering are far more important than investigations, truth, and honor. Issa, a former fraud and car thief, knows quite a bit about honor. If he sees if coming down the street, he looks for the nearest dark alley or filthy, rubbish-strewn, muddy, piss-filled gutter to hide in until it passes.

As willful as Issa is, this contest won’t be a draw. Issa has the honor of slut puppy, and the street-fighting instincts of a Chechen mafia enforcer. Waxman will be lucky to just keep the knife wounds closed enough to complete the hearings. All you will see is the pathetic performance of Prince, strutting like an arrogant dictator, scoffing at a powerless legislator’s complaints and questions. Game – Issa.
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One thing that Condi does well is to stake out ground and win a temporary battle. Her lack of perspective, her inability to process contrary facts, her lack of imagination and curiousity, her bone-headed belief that George Bush is right about everything – all of these facets of her personality will play out in this contest of wills between herself and PM al-Maliki.

A simple look at the scorecard tells you who will win.
Who controls the purse-strings?
Who controls security for US and Iraqi diplomats and leaders?
Who controls the military?
Who controls the mercenaries?
Who does Maliki control in his own country?

Game – Condi.
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The last battleground is the most important. For Iraqis being used for target practice by a group of murderous thugs, shooting for no reason into groups of innocent Iraqi mothers and children, each day that Blackwater overstays Paul Bremer’s welcome, the idea that US can be trusted, that US wants an independent and democratic Iraq, and that the US will leave when asked, become laughable, in a desperate, bloody, and all too deadly sort of way.

The continued presence of Blackwater is doing more damage to Iraq’s future and to US-Iraqi relationships than almost any other decision made by our leaders. According to WaPo, BBC and NPR reports this morning, the anger across all sects, religious groups and political groups throughout Iraq is growing to the point of boiling over. Only someone as obtuse and small-minded as Condi Rice could miss the signs and alarms going off.

Iraqis have made up their minds. Regardless of whether a child was Sunni, Shia, Kurd, Christian, Jewish, Bedouine, or from a swamp tribe, every single Iraqi views Blackwater as the enemy.

Wonderful. It took several murderous events by Blackwater to finally unify the Iraqis. Against us.

Which leaves it to us. Unless and until we speak and demand that Blackwater be held accountable, that its murderers and scoundrels be arrested and tried, and that its mercenary contracts be cancelled immediately, things will only get worse.

If you permit me, I will finish where I began. Imagine a tired, sad, and hopeless man, a proud father, a loving husband, a man with hope, turn away from the cemetary. There lays his young son, his beautiful wife, dead, burried, gone forver. Imagine him heading to a dark alley in the streets of Baghdad. He takes off his robe, gets a quick instruction on how to press a button and then, he gingerly puts on the bundle of 40 kilos of C4. With a blessing to Allah, he put his robe back on, then heads slowly, with cold determination, hot hatred, and bittersweet love, to the nearest US military or Blackwater outpost.

“I am waiting to meet you in paradise.”

3 Responses to "“I am waiting to meet you in paradise.”"

  1. Rob Kezelis  October 3, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    If anyone had the slightest hope that Congress can be relied upon to fix this mess, think again.

    He argued that Blackwater was merely doing in Iraq what the State Department hired it to do – and if there is a problem it is a lack of rules governing private contractors. In making this case, he was aided by aimless questioning by some Democrats, while Republicans were content to go easy on a big donor.
    Mr Prince’s father helped to bankroll the religious-conservative movement, and his sister, Betsy DeVos, is a big Republican fund-raiser. Mr Prince himself has given $US236,000 to Republican candidates and conservative causes – typical of a military contracting industry that, the Centre for Responsive Politics says, has given nearly $US1 million to members of the oversight committee since 2003 – 83 per cent of it to Republicans.
    “Blackwater will be held accountable today!” vowed the committee chairman, Henry Waxman, who has received only $US6300 from defence contractors over the past 17 years.

    from:
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/blackwater-boss-has-inquisitors-in-his-pocket/2007/10/03/1191091194589.html

  2. Sandra Price  October 4, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    There are still Conservative voters who believe that this whole Blackwater mess is nothing but a Scam of the Liberals.

    We can never expect the GOP to think out of the box of corruption. This entire Administration is a disgrace to America and they are not yet finished with the abuse of power. But, is there anyone in any party who can raise the bar for integrity? Does the power of the White House corrupt the individual?

    It shows me that too many Christians do not have a firm grip on the difference between right and wrong. There is always that crutch of doing evil in the name of Jesus Christ and being forgiven for what ever they do. I’m not comfortable with this kind of morality.

  3. ejm  November 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I dont rely with anything for other people. I just trust myself on all aspects. Its just like an open house without any security. Robbers welcome that is. Thats why i had a Pinnacle Security installed on my house for a peace of mind.

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