Monday, November 07, 2005

War criminals may apply 

The non-sense about the U.S. being in Iraq to make the world a better place just keeps moving further and further away from any kind of reality. Over the last couple of years as it has become clear that the U.S. is willing to let its soldiers torture people, shoot dead wounded insurgents, and otherwise act as if the Geneva Convention just didn't exit.

In the next logical step, given that they can't recruit their own war criminals fast enough, they have decided to start hiring them from other countries. Witness this:

Former Serb Red Berets in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Former Serbian "Red Berets" elites forces are now being employed as private security personnel in Baghdad.

About 30 former members of the Jedinica za Specijalne Operacije Special Operations Unit, better known as the JSO or Red Berets, have been working for private security contractors in Iraq for $8,000 a month.

Vecernje Novosti daily said the men were recruited through a security agency in Sarajevo in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. A former JSO member based in Belgrade, who currently works for the Serbian National Security Council, recruited the men.

In March 2003 the Serbian government disbanded the Red Berets after occupying their headquarters in Vojvodina province. The Red Berets were former President Slobodan Milosevic's Ministry of the Interior elite troops.

The Serbians are providing security for oil fields, government offices and foreign companies. They guard German and English engineers working in Iraq, according Vecernje Novosti.

The Serbians join an increasing number of foreign former military personnel supplementing coalition forces in Iraq. Some media estimates put the number of private security personnel as high as 40,000.

Funny, while Milosevic is in the Hague his henchmen are being hired to do the dirty work in Iraq. I guess seeing as their own war criminal like Lynndie England were so unprofessional that they actually took pictures of what they were doing the U.S. decided they needed to hire some true professionals - you know, people who know how to be more descreet.

Whats more, while most Iraqis live in deplorable conditions and dont' get enough to eat they prefer to pay Serbs $8,000 a month rather than hire Iraqis. Goes to show that in spite of all their BS they do in fact realize that any armed Iraqi is a threat to them.

Lastly, the article says that there may be up to 40,000 private security personal (read mercenaries) in Iraq. So when you combine that with the U.S. upping its troop levels to 150,000 and add in troops from other countries you realize the armed force propping up the puppet regime is quite sizable. Wonder why they need so many people with guns to deal with an insurgency that is in its last throws?


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