bayaran (swasta) amerika di Iraq. Buat yg suka baca "generation kill",
Ini buku yang cocok buat disimak.
Steve Fainaru, "Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq"
Da Capo Press | 2008-11-10 | ISBN: 0306817438 | 288 pages | PDF | 2,2 MB
There are tens of thousands of them in Iraq. They work for companies
with exotic and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent Security Group,
Triple Canopy, and Blackwater Worldwide. They travel in convoys of
multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed machine
guns, frag grenades, and even shoulder-fired missiles. They protect
everything from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments
of Frappuccino bound for Baghdad's Green Zone. They kill Iraqis, and
Iraqis kill them.
And the only law they recognize is Big Boy Rules.
From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing journey into
Iraq's parallel war. Part MadMax, part Fight Club, it is a world
filled with "private security contractors"—the U.S. government's
sanitized name for tens of thousands of modern mercenaries, or mercs,
who roam Iraq with impunity, doing jobs that the overstretched and
understaffed military can't or won't do.
They are men like Jon Coté, a sensitive former U.S. army paratrooper
and University of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too late
that he made a terrible mistake coming back to Iraq. And Paul Reuben,
a friendly security company medic who has no formal medical training
and lacks basic supplies, like tourniquets. They are part of America's
"other" army—some patriotic, some desperate, some just out for cash or
adventure. And some who disappear into the void that is Iraq and are
never seen again.
Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with a group of
private security contractors to find out what motivates them to put
their lives in danger every day. He joined Jon Coté and the men of
Crescent Security Group as they made their way through Iraq—armed to
the teeth, dodging not only bombs and insurgents but also their own
Iraqi colleagues. Just days after Fainaru left to go home, five men of
Crescent Security Group were kidnapped in broad daylight on Iraq's
main highway. How the government and the company responded reveals the
dark truths behind the largest private force in the history of
American warfare. . . .