GR Chris and Yves Engler – Aug. 13-07

Nothing characterizes the twin disasters afflicting what was once referred to as “America,” (and indeed, the whole of western democracy); rampant privatization and the incorporation of perpetual warfare as an integral component of the economy, more than the corporate mercenary industry. Emblematic of our new age, these men and women “contractors” comprise a growing percentage of the occupation and garrison forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Initially made up from the ranks of former elite shock troops from the various armies of the west, today demand for ever more freeboots on the ground has lowered standards, and effected laws restricting citizen’s involvement in foreign wars. Now, Canada can proudly claim complicity in this grisly business, rightly howling with the rest of the dogs of war. Yves Engler is a Canadian freelance journalist and the author of two books, “Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority’ (co-authored with Anthony Fenton), and ‘Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical.’ Many of his articles also appear at the excellent website, Dissident among other places.

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