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« Topic Start: May 15, 2011, 07:42:42 pm »


Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Late one night last November, a plane carrying dozens of Colombian men touched down in this glittering seaside capital. Whisked through customs by an Emirati intelligence officer, the group boarded an unmarked bus and drove roughly 20 miles to a windswept military complex in the desert sand.

The Colombians had entered the United Arab Emirates posing as construction workers. In fact, they were soldiers for a secret American-led mercenary army being built by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater Worldwide, with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom.

It's purpose is not surprising:

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The force is intended to conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from terrorist attacks and put down internal revolts, the documents show. Such troops could be deployed if the Emirates faced unrest in their crowded labor camps or were challenged by pro-democracy protests like those sweeping the Arab world this year.    Bolding mine

And Prince's behavior is in tune with his usual MO:

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The former employees said that in recruiting the Colombians and others from halfway around the world, Mr. Prince’s subordinates were following his strict rule: hire no Muslims.

Muslim soldiers, Mr. Prince warned, could not be counted on to kill fellow Muslims.


But they just hate us for our freedom, donchyaknow.
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« Reply #1: May 15, 2011, 10:20:25 pm »


I saw this story yesterday, I think it was.

I'll be honest, I've tried to summon up some sort of angst about Prince, but the only thing I can come up with is happiness that he and his merry band are now overseas and not here. I'm a lot more comfortable with them guarding the sheiks in Dubai than in patrolling the bridges of New Orleans.
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« Reply #2: May 15, 2011, 10:21:32 pm »

And Prince's behavior is in tune with his usual MO:

IMHO, this man needs to have his leash jerked hard.
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« Reply #3: May 15, 2011, 10:48:10 pm »


I saw this story yesterday, I think it was.

I'll be honest, I've tried to summon up some sort of angst about Prince, but the only thing I can come up with is happiness that he and his merry band are now overseas and not here. I'm a lot more comfortable with them guarding the sheiks in Dubai than in patrolling the bridges of New Orleans.

I can't imagine the average Emirati on the street feels the same.  I suspect a lot of them, if they aren't already aware will be soon, of what Blackwater is accused of having done in their own country.  And I doubt they'll take any more comfort in the petty detail that he's founded a whole new evil corp than I do.

I won't be happy until he and his merry band are in the prisons in which they belong.  As long as he's over there waging his little holy war, the Muslim world will have yet another reason to think that we're at war with Islam.  It's not as if we haven't long since pissed away every shred of cred we got out of Kosovo.
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« Reply #4: May 15, 2011, 11:04:44 pm »

I can't imagine the average Emirati on the street feels the same.  I suspect a lot of them, if they aren't already aware will be soon, of what Blackwater is accused of having done in their own country.  And I doubt they'll take any more comfort in the petty detail that he's founded a whole new evil corp than I do.

I'm pretty sure they won't be. I'd imagine they'd like them back over here, but I'm just glad they're not.

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