Thursday, October 04, 2007

FBI agents investigating Blackwater to be guarded by....Blackwater

It seems like the US government can't do a damn thing in Iraq without the help of mercenaries. While investigating the Blackwater shooting incident, FBI agents working in Iraq will be protected by...Blackwater security agents. Why doesn't the FBI just do what the State Department did and outsource the investigation itself to Blackwater?

Time to quote Machiavelli's The Prince, chapter 12:
Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe; for they are disunited, ambitious and without discipline, unfaithful, valiant before friends, cowardly before enemies; they have neither the fear of God nor fidelity to men, and destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is; for in peace one is robbed by them, and in war by the enemy.

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