Monday, September 17, 2007

Stop Blackwater in Potrero Oct 6 -7

What happens to private contractors who kill Iraqis? Maybe nothing

An incident this past weekend in which employees of Blackwater USA, a private security firm that has become controversial for its extensive role in the war in Iraq, allegedly opened fire on and killed several Iraqis seems to be the last straw for Iraqi tolerance of the company. Iraqi government officials have promised action, including but not limited to the suspension or outright revocation of the company's license to operate in Iraq.

"Last straw" was my thought too, when I heard Blackwater had "lost their license" to operate in Iraq. (Though the Salon article says that they may not even have a license.) This has been building for a while. However, I don't think Blackwater will be packing their bags and going home anytime in the near future. The individuals who were involved in the shooting, on the other hand, will probably be moved out of reach of the arm of Iraqi law. I'm just guessing, but it seems reasonable, doesn't it?

Iraq doesn't want them, and neither do we.

There is a two day encampment planned on October 6 and 7 to stop Blackwater in Potrero. There will be a Sierra Club led hike, educational forums, and a march to the gate of the property being purchased for the Blackwater West site. It will be a full weekend of activities. Activist San Diego has additional information about the event, with details about how to participate and to register for a camp site.



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