What would the Prince of Peace think of the Prince of War?

The word Theocracy is derived from the two Greek words Qeo/j(Theos) meaning “God” and kra/tein (cratein) meaning “to rule.” Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater USA believes in a Theocratic form of government. Besides Blackwater USA, he is also the Vice President of the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, which funds one of the biggest groups of religious Theocrats in existence, the ADF (Alliance Defense Fund). The ADF’s mission is to break down the wall of the separation of church and state. They raise millions for their mission not from the small donations of individuals but from foundations like Erik Prince’s. A good read on the subject is Sarah Posner’s article entitled: ARMY OF GOD-The Legal Muscle Leading the Fight to End the Separation of Church and State.

Back to Mr. Prince. He specializes in not only funding rightwing religious groups that want to change America’s secular government into a Theocratic government; he is a millionaire that owes much of his success to the company he founded, Blackwater USA. Blackwater received a few meager contracts during the Clinton administration but hit the mother lode after 9/11. Interestingly enough, Blackwater was on the mind of Donald Rumsfeld the day before 9/11 was embedded in the minds of all Americans. The SOS spoke that day, September 10th, about the Department of Defense and its waste and inability to keep America secure. Rumsfeld called for a wholesale shift in the running of the Pentagon, replacing the old DoD bureaucracy with a new model, one based on the private sector.

The next day, September 11th, ushered in the beginning of an unprecedented scale of outsourcing and privatization of our military. By the end of Rumsfeld’s tenure in late 2006, there were an estimated 100,000 private contractors on the ground in Iraq–an almost one-to-one ratio with active-duty American soldiers. Mr. Prince has become a very rich man who runs a private army. To quote from Jeremy Scahill’s book entitled Blackwater, the Rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army: “Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the “global war on terror,” with its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and 20,000 private contractors at the ready.” Also included in their arsenal are helicopter gunships, a private intelligence division, and it is manufacturing surveillance blimps and target systems.

The inherent problem with outsourcing our military to a private mercenary group is obvious. There is no oversight, no accountability and no allegiance to our constitution and its tenants of civil liberty’s and due process. However I doubt much of that bothers Mr. Prince since his goal is to change our constitution and our government so that both are based on a Theocracy. One would think Mr. Prince would value life over money, but I do not think that is the case based on the penny pinching that Blackwater undertakes. They took one word, “Armored”, out of a major contract they signed to provide services in Iraq. This cost 4 of their contractors their lives:

It is one of the most infamous incidents of the war in Iraq: On March 31, 2004, four private American security contractors get lost and end up driving through the center of Falluja, a hotbed of Sunni resistance to the US occupation. But on March 12, 2004, Blackwater and Regency signed a subcontract, which specified security provisions identical to the original except for one word: “armored.” Blackwater deleted it from the contract. To quote the attorney that represents the families, Mr. Miles:

“When they took that word ‘armored’ out, Blackwater was able to save $1.5 million in not buying armored vehicles, which they could then put in their pocket. “These men were told that they’d be operating in armored vehicles. Had they been, I sincerely believe that they’d be alive today. They were killed by insurgents literally walking up and shooting them with small-arms fire. This was not a roadside bomb, it was not any other explosive device. It was merely small-arms fire, which could have been repelled by armored vehicles.”

So, what would Jesus think of the “Prince of War”, Mr. Erik Prince cutting corners to become even more wealthy, not to mention funding groups that seek the destruction of our constitution? How would Jesus feel about Mr. Prince funding a group that advocates hatred of gays, who last time I checked…were made in God’s image?

Methinks, he would not be happy one bit that people like Erik Prince make money in an immoral war and in ways that jeopardize human beings so he can fill his own coffers and those of the religious extremists. He also wouldn’t be too fond of groups like the ADF that promote hatred and intolerance among other things. I could be wrong..but I doubt it.

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”– And I am not talking about the alleged persecution of Christians, as the ADF is so fond of saying. I am talking about the persecution of gays by groups like the ADF.

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Crossposted at Bring it On!, The Blue Republic, Bakersfield.com

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I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on April 7, 2007, in Blog for Theocracy, religious wingnuts, Theocracy in our Government. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. A very timely post, Dusty. Scary how much power this Blackwater company wields. Kudos to you on all of the links as well. Blackwater is a force to be feared. How long will it be before they are contracted to do work against the American people themselves? (That is, if they’re not already doing it)

  2. Ah, but they have worked against Americans..they were hired in NOLA,post Katrina PT..sick ain’t it? Thanks for coming by m’dear 🙂

  3. I do not want a for profit company “helping” me after a hurricane.

  4. They were protecting the white folks I think..but don’t quote me Lazy.

  5. Nicely done, Dusty!Sometimes I think something must have happened to me on arrival, as nothing is making any sense anymore! ; (

  6. NICELY done, dusty!!!!Even more reasons to hate Blackwater. You may or may not know that this evil corporation is attempting to turn my back yard into a militia zone. You might be interested in < HREF="http://thisledo.blogspot.com/" REL="nofollow">Paul’s<> post about their scoping meeting last week and the demonstration.

  7. Nice article. Most don’t even know about Blackwater or their influence on much of life as we know it today.http://www.lydiacornell.com

  8. dusty, you always get it right, I mean left.

  9. Ya’ll did some good stuff too!Yer makin me blush.But Blackwater and Prince need to be stopped and only the voters can do it.We need to keep up the pressure. Fark this guy and his ilk.

  10. Timely post indeed. Follow the dots:In the PNAC’s controversial positon paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (September 2000) they discuss transforming America into becoming the dominant world force. They state “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.” One year later, there is a catastrophic and catalyzing event, but it is not at all like a new Pearl Harbor. It is the beginning of erosion of our Constitution. It is the increase of “faith based initiatives”. It sees Halliburton, and Blackwater, mismanaging funds. Halliburton is about to move to Dubai to escape taxes and investigation. If Blackwater has its own standing paramilitary force, that’s all the Bush Administration really needs to call an end to elections in 2008 and take over, in my paranoid mind.Sinclair Lewis said “When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the Flag and carrying a cross.”

  11. DivaJood. The Sinclair Lewis quote is one I never forget. I too get paranoid about what Bush can do and there would be little this side of armed insurrection that could stop him.

  12. Blackwater worries me as much as anything that the Bush Corp has done. Not to mention highlighting the madness that is the Republican mania for “privitization” (i.e., How To “Legally” Skim Government Money For Fun and Profit).I didnt used to think that a coup by BushCo was a very likely event, since he’d need the military to pull it off, and I didnt think that, overall, they’d do it. But now he’s got a private army, which if it thinks like its founder does, could possibly be enough, with rogue Army elements, to pull off something after all.I dont think he will, though, not really, but it’s good to have a plan just in case. And should actually be crazy enough to try, I suspect he’d find that the American public isnt so docile and spoiled as he thinks it is.

  13. Dave, I agree, this is the scariest of all the scary shit BushCo has pulled. I won’t sit idly by..I am serious as a heart attack.

  14. I should have started writing about groups like Focus on the Family and the Christian Coalition when they first made me angry with their tactics. I just wish someone would have called them on their ignorance and hypocrisy before they got this power

  15. Scott, I think most of us never believed they would get the ‘power’ they have since Reagan, Bush41 and the worst offender Bush43 let them in the back door.

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