One mercenary’s death is used to force new wars upon Iraq, Iran and Syria. The US political leadership demonstrates what Christmas is not about, by bombing several sites over the holidays. Reportedly the U/S killed 19 Iranians and Syrians, wounding some 50 on the last, sad days of 2019. How many of those killed were civilians is not disclosed.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo let us know the Arabs had it coming, having killed an “American contractor” three days prior. He stated, “the strikes send the message that the US will not tolerate actions by Iraq that jeopardize American lives.”
A spokesman for the Iraqi government claimed that top officials had “pleaded with the United States”not to go ahead with the threatened Sunday night airstrikes. But to no avail.
Associated Press reported that three days later, on Dec 31, Iraqi protesters burned property in front of the US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq.
“Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing the central door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. There were no reports of casualties.”
US Press, from the New York Times to the Nashville Democrat, have all reported on the bombings and the follow-up assault on the US Embassy, but this author has yet to see anybody raise two vital questions:
First question: Why does the US military attack a country where we maintain an actively staffed embassy? Is not our embassy a symbol of peace and cooperation? What can be the motives of politicians who direct military raids that kill dozens in a country with whom we have diplomatic relations? Is this a scheme to force new wars?
Second question: We are told the US deadly military raids were in response to Iraq killing a single American “military contractor.” But Is a “contractor” in fact a war mercenary, hired by a private company, and paid to carry out often questionable legal acts?
Our President tweeted that he will “protect all Americans.” Should this include mercenary warriors on unknown missions paid by private companies, many of which companies are weapon makers? And is not the purpose of “contractors” to carry out clandestine, politically questionable tasks, some that US military would not or could not legally do? The individual’s name has not been released, nor has the contracting company and its mission when he was killed!
We are correct in calling this unnamed warrior a “mercenary”. Our Secretary of State and President are using this contractor’s death as the latest but weakest excuse for a new war with Iraq, Iran and Syria. He has yet to be named, nor have we been told the circumstances of his death, how much he was paid, what his orders were, and who issued them. It is unlikely we ever will.
His employer is not required to tell us what he was doing or why. But we ask, why do we taxpayers pay contractors more money to do secret jobs in undeclared wars than we pay our own Marines? Because they carry out the political agenda of our President and others!
Only The Atlantic took note of the push for war. Use of mercenaries is not an isolated case; it is the norm against the oils rich Middle East. Atlantic points out that, as of June 2011, 554 private contractors died in the first Iraq war. And of those 254 were Americans and 59 Britons.
Contractors hire former military-trained Americans, who become mercenaries, flying below the radar of accountability under the US military code of conduct. No wonder it is so easy to get into the wars. Leaders, including our present administration, have for years privately agitated for war that results in slaughter of victims, using excuses like this one.
The US President has already ordered 14,000 Marines be dispatched (at taxpayer expense) to Iraq because of the minor breach of security (no injuries) at the US Embassy
We Hold These Truths has always taught that war is a business, maintained by those who profit from it. War must be hidden from us less we revolt! This is why the mercenary military is such a big, secret part of creating endless wars. US Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler said it best when he wrote “War is a racket.”