Blackwater/aka Xe Services: The exoneration of company guards

who worked in Iraq and were charged with killing 17 people has

the Muslim world seething.



Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria

Blackwater 'No Better Than al-Qaeda'


"The judge's ruling to absolve the Blackwater murderers is one of stunning violence. ... We should perhaps consider this January 1, 2010 'Ricardo Urbina Day,' after the judge who granted these gangsters the right to kill in broad daylight."


By K. Selim


Translated By Sandrine Ageorges


January 3, 2010


Algeria - Le Quotidien d'Oran - Original Article (French)

United States District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina: His decision that evidence against Blackwater guards charged with killing 17 Iraqis was inadmissable has angered Iraqis and other Muslims.


BBC NEWS AUDIO: Member of the Iraqi National Assembly explains Iraqi 'fury' over Blackwater ruling, Jan. 1, 00:01:21RealVideo

The year of Obama is over! Now is the year of Bush, only with Barack Hussein in the White House. The news at the end of one year and the beginning of another is like a road map. In recent days, we've suddenly been returned to the great confrontation of the Bush era: al-Qaeda, which is everywhere, against the Empire, which preemptively, is similarly everywhere. The Republicans, who've already won by imposing Bush's war agenda, are committed to erasing the "aberrations" of the Obama presidency in 2009.


And it's this sudden activism by al-Qaeda - from Afghanistan to Yemen and in the Sahel region, to say nothing of the attempt against a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit - that makes it favorable to paint as pure whim the "moral" equivocation of the preemptively-Nobelized president by a Norwegian Academy that is a bit naive politically. In 2010, this will require monitoring the front lines which are already ablaze, and expecting other areas to be set alight, notably in the Middle East.


But at the beginning of 2010, it was from the heart of the Empire that the most important message came. Apparently for procedural reasons, an American judge simply decided to absolve the murderers employed by Blackwater, who had fired on peaceful Iraqis for fun, killing 17. This is an imperial message on behalf of the law; American law, of course.


The "blunders" and "collateral damage" inflicted by Americans are so numerous that they've become part of the routine for a militarized civilization. Humanitarian organizations are indignant, the American military is content offering a laconic, "the investigation is in progress," and the local Karzai laments the electoral consequences. The script is extremely well known. 



The fact remains that the judge's ruling to absolve the Blackwater murderers is one of stunning violence. We're not dealing here with a White House that knows how to make the affair disappear, but with a court ruling which, based on a dubious procedural pretext, decided that these repeat murderers, implicated in numerous atrocities and who committed their crimes in plain sight of hundreds of Iraqis, aren't punishable.


Blackwater, which changed its name to "Xe Services" after its massacre of innocents, is in fact an organization similar to al-Qaeda, but one under the full protection of American law. We should perhaps consider this January 1, 2010, "Blackwater Day," or "Ricardo Urbina Day," after the judge who granted these gangsters the right to kill in broad daylight. The "Urbina Doctrine" endorses the right of mercenaries to kill without being held accountable. The gun-toting enterprises that accompany the regular army of the United States have just been issued the most satisfying assurance. They can continue to use their weapons indiscriminately against Arabs and Muslims, all of whom, of course, are subversives of al-Qaeda - that enemy which is so useful to the Empire.



We'll have to wait and see if those who pretend to govern Iraq from the Green Zone in Baghdad will choose to expel the mercenary firms that remained after Blackwater left.






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[Editor's Note: On September 16, 2007, Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad. The fatalities occurred while a Blackwater Personal Security Detail was escorting a convoy of U.S. State Department vehicles. The Washington Post quoted Judge Urbina's decision on how the evidence against five Blackwater guards had been tainted: "In their zeal to bring charges, prosecutors and investigators aggressively sought out statements in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and in the subsequent investigation. In so doing, the government's trial team repeatedly disregarded the warnings of experienced, senior prosecutors, assigned to the case specifically to advise the trial team on such matters."]



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