Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Dept. of War is Peace

Quick question: If I handed you a business card demonstrating that I was from the International Peace Organizations Association, what would you think I did for a living? Organized conferences between NGOs and human rights organizations? Held occasional fund-raisers for UN agencies? Maybe lobbied on behalf of college Peace Studies Departments?

Well, not so much. The IPOA is actually the trade association for the private security contractor industry and includes companies like Blackwater (who is a founding member).

It just reminded me of the name of the gun lobbying group in Thank You for Smoking: the Society for the Advancement of Firearms and Effective Training of Youth, or S.A.F.E.T.Y.

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