Thursday, January 10, 2008

Brown Shirts. Black Shirts. Blackwater.

Government sponsored thugs usually dress in drab colors. Black and browns. Even the Caesars' Praetorians dressed in black.

I bring this up because today I read in the NYTimes that Blackwater, our government's private army (soon patrolling a polling place, or anti-war protest near you) has inadvertently dropped cannisters of CS gas over Iraq.

Use of this gas is prohibited by our military and international covenants. Blackwater--unprosectuable, immune Blackwater, used it anyway. Zyclone B, I'm sure, is next.
The army's response to the use of CS gas is a classic of dangerous understatement or LTI (Lingua tertii imperium.) “This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,” Capt. Kincy Clark. Uncool is wearing a sombrero. Dropping gas is un-human.

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