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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 02:02 PM

Trump's pardons complete the wrongs of 'Blackwater'

When one thinks about the nadir of the Iraq War, many recall Blackwater, the private military company that some consider to be a mercenary organization. In 2007, it committed perhaps the worst war crime of the conflict. At a traffic circle in Baghdad, four armed Blackwater contractors killed 17 civilians, including women and children, and injured another 20, many seriously.

Military experts widely condemned the killings. "A grossly excessive use of force," said one retired army colonel. A later U.S. government memorandum concluded: "None of the victims was an insurgent, or posed any threat to the [Blackwater] Raven 23 convoy."

Killing civilians in wartime is a grave human rights violation and un-American. Did the four Blackwater contractors get arrested immediately? No. Did Blackwater get fired from its $1 billion U.S. government contract? No.

The impunity for an apparent American war crime sparked a firestorm at home and abroad. For Americans, it was a stain on their country's moral character. Anti-American sentiment spread across the Middle East, undermining the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy of "winning hearts and minds" in Iraq. It generated such international ill will that then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had to testify before Congress and launch an official investigation.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-s-pardons-complete-the-wrongs-of-blackwater/ar-BB1cgEkw?li=BBnbfcQ

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 02:10 PM

1. the whole Eric Prince/trump

relationship needs investigation. Remember his meetings with trump's people in the Caymans and his several visits to the White House. How did his sister get her job since she knows nothing about education.

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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 05:50 PM

2. Remember the Trump tower-Alfa Bank computer from the 2016 election? When Salon, I think, first

Reported it, only those computers were cited. But I later read that the communiques, thought to be voter info, originated in the headquarters of DeVos' husband. I'm SO disappointed in how the man who discovered this suspicious activity handled it. He should have gone straight to the FBI.

Rumor had it that Eric Prince approached Trump right off the bat with a view to establishing an alternative CIA program. Then the news just disappeared.

Trump's pardon of Prince's goons must be tied to favors, but any investigation has been stopped.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 07:57 PM

3. You silly,... silly rabbit,...

Fascists do no wrong,...

Fascists cause no harm,..

This is just Fascists being Nazis and crushing those who look or think different than them. They have a Constitutional Right of assembly just like everyone else.

They are alpha male macho,... they get overly excited and emotional,... and then crack skulls for enjoyment and entertainment.

Fascist Bois will be Fascist Bois,... especially if we habitually allow them to get away with it.

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