Fear of Clowns

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Here lies an employee of the month 

A good portion of the mercenaries we've hired to do Iraq are veterans. We give them the best training, they do their stint in the military and go to work for lavishly compensated private firms such as Blackwater. Lavish in the sense that the DoD is ostensibly not for profit in and of itself. Would it be fitting that the Department of Veterans Affairs would approve another religious symbol to mark theSE brave souls' broken bodies?

Andy Warhol bloody dollar

Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol, 1981, print available from ALLPosters.com.

Nobody keeps an official tally of dead mercenaries from this war that I know of. Dead mercinaries made the ultimate sacrifice carrying out their missions - same as our enlisted troops. Will they be seen as deserving the same solemn remembrance alongside the names of (actual) service members on future war memorials? I can think of no logical and compelling reason not to - their choice of employer doesn't change the fact that they died while willingly putting themselves at risk at our government's calling - but at the same it seems somehow obscene. Would they be listed under the headings Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas or DynCorp International, Blackwater Security, Halliburton?

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