[Marxism] Support our mercenaries ...
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Wed Oct 10 12:56:05 MDT 2007
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SUPPORT OUR MERCENARIES - THEIR CHIEF COPORATE EXECUTIVES DESERVE HIGHER PROFITS
Special to Canadian Dimension October 9, 2007
The words "Support Our Troops" stain the rear bumpers of thousands of cars. The slogan, however, conceals a more pernicious demand: "Support Our Mercenaries." Yes, in Iraq, the mercenaries - euphemistically called "paid contractors" - outnumber US troops, 180,000 to 160,000. These contractors do more than provide armed security for US personnel. They do chores that previously belonged to regular army staff.
Private security companies employ for high pay former US soldiers, ex-kidnappers and torturers from Pinochet's secret police, death squad heavies from a variety of Central and South American countries and a few leftover South African apartheid thugs as well. The companies collect billions from US taxpayers. A typical U.S. soldier serving in Iraq makes about: $57 a day. The estimated daily take for a Blackwater security guard there runs between $500- $600. (FACING SOUTH A News and Politics Report Sept. 26, 2007)
For full article, see http://canadiandimension.com/articles/2007/10/09/1382/
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