From The Nation: Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder
Two former employees of the private military contrator Blackwater (now called Xe), have accused the firm and its founder Erik Prince, of being motivated by anti-Muslim religious fervor and killing Iraqis for fun. The series of accusations submitted in sworn affidavits in a federal court case in Virginia allege that the Blackwater Worldwide boss “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe”
“To that end, Mr Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the Crusades.”
Interfaith Alliance has loudly spoken out against the underlying sentiment bolstered by the Bush Administration that the war in Iraq is a religious war against Islam and the Muslim world. It is specifically this kind of “Us versus Them” philosophy that has propelled religious fanatacism and conflicts throughout the world. And considering the laundry list of accusations against Mr. Prince and his company; illegal arms smuggling, rewarding the destruction of Iraqi life, deployment of men viewed as unfit due to psychological problems, money laundering through offshore tax havens, and murder, is this really the kind of company we want on our side?
Since former President Bush commissioned Blackwater largely on account of their Templar-like mission to fight Islam, his administration should be held accountable for these numerous crimes as well. The word “crusade,” was included in the first name of the military mission to Afghanistan, and was only withdrawn at the request of our Muslim partners in the Coalition. There seems to be no end to the underground litany of malfeasances that the Bush Administration constantly promoted, hired, and then covered up for. Why didn’t we see the writing on the wall earlier?