Yeah, in case you didn’t know, Blackwater (the mercenary army employed by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan) is run by a Christian fundamentalist, and this is the holiday card they sent out (presumably to employees). This marriage of Republican, pro-war, capitalist, Christian beliefs in the US is always interesting. A few years ago, on a message board, there was one guy (who was French) who was a big opponent of Bush, the neo-cons and their foreign policy. Some time later, he was defending the idea that God exists and said that he was a Catholic. I was stunned. Why? Because in the US, being strongly Christian is virtually synonymous with being a fan of Bush, and being an strong opponent of Bush is virtually synonymous with being – well, anything but a strong Christian. I had to remind myself that those correlations don’t necessarily hold true when talking about foreigners – there are actually anti-war Christians, though it’s easy to forget when you’re living in the United States.