That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home. Buy the Paperback Book Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill at , Canada’s largest bookstore. + Get Free Shipping on books over $25!.

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Among other things, what disturbs me the most about private companies is that they can commit any crime, including murder or use of illegal weapons, with impunity.

This is a tough book to review: He condemns Eric Prince for being jeeemy “theocon” who wants to make God have more of a roll in government, but then sees nothing wrong with Iraqi’s praising God and talking about how God will kick the Americans out.

The Best Books of I was also disturbed by the po This book covers Iraq and mercenaries in great detail. As a past member of the USMC, I believe the privatization of the military to be a cancer on the real military and it should be exterminated post haste. But honestly, the whole kill or be killed, an eye for a tooth, make money at any cost, stomp on your brother before he stomps on you — is so opposite to the clear message of Christ that it is blackdater to know how these guys like Prince and Black can live with the dissonance.


Krieg gegen das eigene Volk. The other interesting thing is how often these guys say things like, private armies are more effective and cheaper than regular armies. Womit geht der Untergang von Imperien einher? They could interpret that charge in any way they saw fit and we all know that a good offense is the best defense. He is keeping peace by waging war. This included the use of non-standard weapons.

The Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In other words, Chilean mercenaries in Iraq is business as usual. Most are transport and logistics personnel. You’ve just tried to select this program as one of your favorites.

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Private companies are accountable to pretty much no government for their recruitment practices. Oh and Blackwater was one of the first on the ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, armed to the teeth and offering protective services to rich people and businesses as the “donation” to the suffering city. And yes, not surprisingly they cost far less blackwatfr trained combat soldiers.

As profits grew for the corporate organization, Blackwater sought cheaper and cheaper contracts with mercenary soldiers in South American and Latin American countries, as well as Eastern European, African, and select Asian countries. Probably the scariest thing is Blackwater is angling to be some sort of global mercenary “peacekeeping” force for the United Nations. The US government is sending all over the globe huge companies whose sole purpose is to earn money, not to stabilize peace.


He is the author of the best-selling book Blackwater: Scahill has so little understanding of how a business actually works and makes money, it’s laughable.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill

Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. The implication for US foreign policy and American image overseas is immense.

And I hate to do this, because I saw Jeremy Scahill speak a few months ago and I genuinely liked him. Okay, so starting from that premise, why read a book that tells you in detail jeeremy how horrible it is? I think the one point that is quite weak about this book is his argument against using private companies in peacekeeping forces.

I was also disturbed by the political lobbying to overturn South Africa’s restrictions on its Nationals participating in private armies and the situation in Darfur.

Body of War Body of War, a film depicting the story of one veteran dealing with the aftermath of war. The biggest problem with contractors like Blackwater from the perspective of the county and bpackwater world is that they are essentially mercenaries.

He didn’t seem to have a convincing argument against that. Alas, there is nothing truly unbiased: