Deadly profiteering

This is unconscionable: 13 American soldiers have been electrocuted since 2003 because Kellogg, Brown & Root, a major Pentagon contractor (from Texas, surprise, surprise) responsible for providing basic services to soldiers in Iraq, installed wiring at U.S. bases on the cheap.

According to electricians who worked for KBR, the company hired subcontractors with little electrical expertise to supervise workers who didn’t speak English. During the last six months of last year, at least 283 electrical fires damaged or destroyed American bases in Iraq.

It’s not a new problem; an Army survey published in February of ’07 said that electrical shock was the number-one noncombat safety hazard faced by American soldiers in Iraq.

This is one of those times I hope for swift and terrible justice, but it doesn’t usually work that way in this world. But “‘Vengeance is mine,’ saith the Lord; ‘I will repay.'”

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