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Blackwater security guards arrested yesterday for murder in Afghanistan – and the criminal enterprise rolls on. Democratic Underground enthusiasts follow it all with lavish detail. One should mention to them that Blackwater/Xe is a structural flaw at the heart of civil military relations. As long as the American President assigns under resourced missions those extra bipeds are coming from somewhere else. Dyncorp? And so on.

Cynicism is easy and tempting. While we are in this formless war of identity flux making arrests like the DoJ did yesterday still matters. Such acts, however, are gestures. Invocation of now quaint larger and widely held society truths. And who we are. Political leadership concerned with systemic rot at our foundation could do much to end the Warlord’s hybrid war. In the meantime, we get arrests.


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