Thursday, April 03, 2014

Killing Made Easy And Entertaining, Even Essential

Blackwater mercenary scumbags will be held accountable for their murders along with their masters Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, Betrayus, Franks, Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, Perino, Bolton and the rest of the illegal Iraq war criminals

By Dallas Darling

According to several U.S. prosecutors, evidence reveals that the four Blackwater guards, who are facing charges of manslaughter and gun violations in the horrific Sept. 16, 2007, shootings in Baghdad, Iraq, were motivated by deep hostility and hatred towards the Iraqi civilian population in general. If this is the case, then in America not only has killing been made technologically easy and socially entertaining, but it has also become ever so internalized and essential.(1)

Blackwater scum get what they deserve
After World I and II, U.S. military and political officials became increasingly alarmed when it was discovered that very few infantry personnel had actually fired their weapons. In order to combat these low firing rates, new techniques were designed to instill higher firing rates.

By replacing small, circular paper targets with human-like, silhouette figures on the firing range, firing rates rose. Advanced weaponry that killed from a distance, and a barrage of propaganda aimed at dehumanizing the opponent, increased kill rates too.

The American Psychiatric and American Medical Association's observation that violence in the U.S. media greatly increased aggression did not go unnoticed. Working with the movie and gaming industries, military officials initiated pro-war and violent shows, films, video games, and music to encourage violent attitudes, behaviors, and values, mainly in children. Measurable long-term effects prove that associating violence with entertainment leads to emotional desensitization toward violence and killing in real life.(2)

No statute of limitations on Blackwater murders
Has killing now been made essential, meaning obligatory and necessary? With regards to the upcoming trial of the private contractor Blackwater security guards, the answer is yes. Evidence suggests the guards that killed 14 Iraqi civilians, and wounded 18 others, did not believe they were under hostile file but had harbored a low regard for, and deep hostility, toward the entire Iraqi civilian population.

Furthermore, they had openly expressed hatred and euphoria to other Blackwater personnel in wanting to kill Iraqis.(3)

Victim of coward Blackwater murderers
According to the prosecution's court filing, one Blackwater guard even admitted he wanted to kill as many Iraqis as he could as "payback for 9-11," and repeatedly boasted about the number of Iraqis he had shot, including an old Iraqi woman. Other guards, still in the Army, deliberately fired their weapons to instigate battles or to draw out return fire so a battle could ensue.

Automatic weapons were carelessly fired at civilians from the turrets of armored vehicles without regard for who might be struck by the rounds.

Military Professionalism has not only collapsed but so too has American society.

Blackwater cowards gunned down innocent women and children
The trail leads from ordinary citizen-soldiers to the revolving doors between the Pentagon and privatized corporations, even the president.

Armed gangs and thugs within the military, along with drug use and violent addictions, are not the only problems Americans should be concerned with.

Then-President George W. Bush's political mandate, that he claimed to have won in 2004, was an unspoken mandate to essentially kill more innocent Iraqis.

Unequal and remote weaponry and wars fought from a distance, the over-militarization of entertainment and normalcy, and connecting 9-11 with Iraq through a series of lies and propaganda coups, made killing painless and simple, amusing and leisurely.

And with the military-industrial-entertainment-complex's dehumanizing of Iraq and Iraqis in general, killing became obligatory and necessary, even privatized and extremely meaningful.

Therefore, who and what should really be on trial?

"The combatants in modern warfare," wrote Richard Heckler, "pitch bombs from 20,000 feet in the morning, causing untold suffering to a civilian population, and then eat...dinner hundreds of miles away from the drop zone. The prehistoric warrior met his foe in a direct struggle of sinew, muscle, and spirit. If flesh was torn or bone broken he felt it give way under his hand. And though death was more rare than common, he also had to live his days remembering the man's eyes whose skull he crushed."(4)

Unfortunately, Americans do not have to live with remembering the eyes of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis they have collectively killed.

Nor do they have to recall the "crack" of the skulls they remotely crushed.

But despite being disconnected from the realities of war, due to a fragmented and weaponized industry, and regardless of being detached by a techno-militant culture, the eyes of the Blackwater guards reflect a violent, socially engineered, culture where killing has been made easy, entertaining, even essential.

There were many Nisoor Square shootings in Iraq. Unless the U.S. addresses this aggressive and pathological epidemic, this complicity in killing, there will sadly be many more.

Dallas Darling (

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for You can read more of Dallas' writings at and

(1) Blackwater shootings: Why Did they shoot Iraqi civilians in 2007?/3/20/2014.

(2) Grossman, Dave, Lt. Col., On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning To Kill in War and Society., New York, New York: Back Bay Books, 2009., XX.

(3) Blackwater shootings: Why Did they shoot Iraqi civilians in 2007?

(4) Grossman, Dave, Lt. Col., On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning To Kill in War and Society., p. 99.

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