Will this decision stand, I wonder?
The Iraqi government has ordered the American private security
contractor Blackwater, which provides protection for US officials in
the country, to shut down its operations after its guards were accused
of killing 10 civilians and injuring 13 others in Baghdad.
Employees of the company are alleged to have opened fire indiscriminately
after a bomb exploded on Sunday in the Mansour district of the city, packed
with people shopping for Ramadan. (Independent)
War on Want is calling for the company to face corporate homicide charges:
Ruth Tanner, Senior Campaigns Officer at War on Want, said: “These
horrific killings are a reminder of the havoc which private military
and security companies have wreaked in Iraq over the past four years.
There have been hundreds of human rights violations by mercenary
troops, yet not a single prosecution has been brought against them.
These new killings provide the strongest argument for legislation to
ban the use of mercenary soldiers in conflicts such as Iraq.” (War on Want)