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The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): A federal jury in Washington, D.C., has found four former Blackwater security guards guilty of murder, manslaughter and weapons charges in the 2007 shooting deaths of 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. Will there always be bloody excesses in war, or were these Blackwater guards a group of bloodthirsty mercenaries?

There will always be bloody mindsets and excesses with war. That’s why the private sector should stay out of it. Pat Perkins

The Iraq war fostered an environment for ISIS to prosper. Kyle Sainz

War, unfortunately, is war. There have been atrocities since the first two groups of men decided the wanted they same thing. I don’t understand how you can send young people overseas to do what needs to be done, then tie their hands. Not that it should be a free-for-all, but I think one has to be realistic. These young people are thrown into an unimaginable situation and asked to do things that are the opposite of what they were taught growing up. Our soldiers are amazing people, to be honored at every chance. I doubt anything is happening now that didn’t happen in any of the wars previous; they just didn’t have the news media on their tail the whole time. Susan Taylor Eurto

Not to be argumentative, but they were sent to fight other soldiers, not execute 17 unarmed civilians. Probably why they are finding their hands tied now. War does not excuse it. Laura Elaine


These were not soldiers but hired contractors that make 10 times what our soldiers earn. More outsourcing of our military. David M. House