Well, not Persia, exactly. More like the United Arab Emirates.
For those just tuning in, Erik Prince is the Merecenary-in-Chief of Blackwater — the much-maligned private military company tasked by the US government to provide “security” in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to these dutiies, the firm also has a cozy relationship with CIA, which outsources to Blackwater those dastardly deeds deemed too politically perilous to, um, execute.
Now that the heat is being turned up on Blackwater, Prince is considering dropping the US for the UAE, where local law makes extradition extremely difficult. America: love it or leave it!
Prince has also put his company up for sale. But his legacy is likely to live on, no matter who owns Blackwater. State-sanctioned murder is highly profitable, so the goon squad wont be putting down their infared assault rifles anytime soon.
When not engaging in political assassinations and the aggressive suppression of foreign undesirables, Blackwater henchmen enjoy target practice on hapless civilians, including women and children. According to a former employee who has testified anonymously due to threats on his life, company mercenaries kick back after a long day of civilian murder by by watching videos of their kills and other abuses in so-called “hot wash” sessions.
The company’s policies are part and parcel with its founder’s personal agenda, which concerns prepping the world for the imminent return of Jesus — by any means necessary. Another anonymous employee claims that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.” Sort of like Islamic jihadists, but with the religions swapped.
Keep in mind that our government still employs Blackwater. Meaning, your tax dollars are spent on contracts to the company. Somehow the Tea Party is cool with our money advancing hyperviolent Christian supremacy, but they can’t stand the idea of their neighbor getting a free health checkup. What would Jesus do? Apparently, murder some brown people.
Prince’s flagrant disregard for human life (to say nothing of international law) hasn’t gone completely unnoticed, however. Federal prosecutors are starting to play hardball with Blackwater, to varying degrees of success. Although Prince has yet to be charge with any crime, some believe that it’s only a matter of time before his “extralegal” activities catch up with him. Hence the move to the UAE.
But even if prosecutors target Prince, his unique relationship with the American intelligence apparatus means he’s still got some aces left in his deck. Government bodies that regularly engage in covert activities don’t like having their secrets revealed in the course of a criminal prosecution. All Prince needs to do is dangle this threat and the intel apparatchiks will make it very clear: do not bring this man to trial.
It’s called “greymail,” and all the cool kids are doing it.
Someday, humankind will evolve past the petty religious, territorial and resource squabbles that have defined our existence on this planet. Or maybe we’ll be put out of our collective misery by a space-borne impact object. As the great George Carlin once said, “I’m rooting for the comet.”