Soldiers of misfortune: One story, two takes By William Bowles

4 April 2004

“Atrocity in Fallujah”

So went the headline in the Independent on 1 April 2004 and the story (penned by ‘anti-war’ journalist Robert Fisk) occupied the entire front page and ran onto page 2. The four Americans, described by Fisk in the article as “contractors” were actually mercenaries or Private Military Contractors who worked for Blackwater Security Consulting and whilst nobody can condone the manner of their deaths, or how they were treated after their deaths, atrocities occur on a daily basis in Iraq, the only difference being they occur to Iraqis and hence don’t warrant front page headlines. Continue reading