Monday, September 17, 2007

Bad News from Iraq, with a Small Silver Lining

I can't blame the Iraqi Interior Ministry for pulling the license of Blackwater USA (North Carolina) security contractors. During an attack on an official convoy, Blackwater employees weren't careful enough about who they shot at.

Quite a few of the eight dead and 13 wounded seem to have been civilians.

The Ministry also said that it that any foreign contractors who were found to have used excessive force would be prosecuted. They're still investigating the incident.

The good news in all this is that so far, the Iraqi officials are acting like responsible agents of a law-abiding government. I hope that this appearance proves to be a reality.

And, for the sake of the Blackwater employees, I hope they had good reason for their actions.

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