Wednesday, March 3, 2010

For those of you that still believe in the political process...

This is how we stop Blackwater for good.

Here's a campaign/petition in support of The Stop Outsourcing Security Act. Introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, it would disallow the hiring of such firms as Blackwater to handle tasks that typically fall into the military realm of activity. Contractors would no longer be allowed to engage in military, security, law enforcement, and armed rescue tasks.

Blackwater, it seems, is in line to get a $1 billion contract from the Department of Defense. It is worth considering, as was recently pointed out to me by a military man how using these contractors masks the real number of people involved in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without these contractors, the US would have to send a lot more American soldiers to these places, a policy sure to be politically problamatic for the commander in chief and a source of unwanted negative press.


Anonymous said...

I don't particularly like Blackwater, but I don't necessarily disagree with the reasons we are in the Middle East, either. One of them being, of course, the suppression of Islamo-imperialism. All ideas are not equal, and indeed some ideas need to be oppressed. But then again, now that I think about it, perhaps Ron Paul is right when he said we should lead by example, and not by force. It's a complex world, isn't it?
I find myself despising Islamic tyranny so much, however, that I'm quite sensitive to the protection of freedom in the face of this future threat. Look at what's happening to Geert Wilders, the Netherlands, and his fight against this very real tyranny. Not that we don't face threats from Christian religious zealots, but unlike Islam, at least Christianity and Judaism have reformed their theology as to make it more applicable and palatable to modernity.

Sharon Secor said...

Thank you for visiting, and I do appreciate you taking the time to comment. It is a very complex subject. I'd like to share a paragraph with you from a letter I wrote to somebody last week, because it expresses my opinion on the Islamic matter...

"As abhorrent as I believe it to be that Iran last year refused to grant a 10 year old child a divorce (my oldest daughter is 10) from the man half a century older than her and refused to hear the case of an 8 year old requesting a divorce from the man her father gave her to for a few thousand dollars, I recognize that if I were commander in chief of the US military, I would not have the right to invade the country and demand they stop allowing the abuse and child marriage of their female children."

I'm no great fan of Islam and I resent the whole convert by the sword attitude and, as practiced by many practicioners, I consider it to be a human rights violation in progress.

That said, I believe that we are in the Middle East not to secure their liberty, but to secure resources -- oil -- for ourselves. Our government surpresses a bit more of our liberty each and every day. It doesn't seem logical to me that they have any great interest in liberty, really.

I do recognize the struggles other nations are having with aggressive Islam and I don't discount the dangers of that. May God protect us from Sharia law.

Unfortunately, these struggles have to take place within the nations that are dealing with them -- they need to limit or stop immigration of those espousing their aggressive, violent, ugly brand of Islam.

We do not have to right to invade their countries and demand they change, in my opinion. That change must come from the Islamic people themselves. I hope that one day little girls won't be forced to marry pedophiles -- men who would take children to their "marital" bed. I hope that one day, the culture as a whole chooses to reject the abuse of human rights.

But, we cannot make them do it by force. We can only be forceful in seeing to it that our own cultures and nations are not contaminated. I believe it is a mistake to permit Sharia Law in Islamic communities in nations in which the behaviors it promotes and protects are against the common law of the land. "Honor" killings and child "marriage" should be treated like the crimes they are and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Yes, these are certainly complex matters that you raise. I look forward to hearing from you again.

Best Regards...