Palestinian leader Abbas seeks Blackwater protection

Thursday, February 21, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

In an apparent vote of confidence in the capabilities of the much-maligned American security firm Blackwater, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly indicated he would like to hire the agency to protect him from internal threats.

Blackwater has received bad press over the past two years as a result of the strong-hand tactics of its agents operating in Iraq.

Following the downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Muslim terrorists launched a brutal and murderous campaign against American contractors helping to rebuild Iraq. Fed up with the killings, companies involved in Iraq turned to Blackwater and other security firms to protect their personnel.

Creating deterrence through the use of force, Blackwater and its competitors have managed to all but eliminate the threat to those they are hired to protect.

While the use of such force is often difficult for the American public to stomach, Middle East officials recognize its effectiveness in a region where force is often the only language that is understood.

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