Nos últimos dias as redes sociais foram inundadas com partilhas sobre a possibilidade da empresa privada BlackWater ter sido contratada para defender o parlamento grego. A empresa de mercenários ficou conhecida pela sua participação nas guerras do Iraque e Afeganistão, trabalhando em outsourcing para o governo americano.

A notícia foi divulgada por Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, embaixador grego no Canadá respondendo a uma questão sobre o estado da democracia grega:

«I believe that the crisis has been aggravated by the wrong measures of austerity imposed on Greece by the so-called Troika (IMF-EU and the European Central Bank) and the lack of courage of Greek governments to oppose or negotiate them. IMF has admitted in public that mistakes were made. Many Greeks are suffering because of these measures .The IMF recently admitted that it did not anticipate the high levels of recession. But mistakes have to be paid. It is a shame that the Greek Government did not estimate the cost of the damages of these mistakes to the country and ask that they be reduced from the so-called debt.Democracy no longer exists in Greece. The austerity measures recently adopted were unconstitutional according to Greece’s highest courts. One Member of Parliament and former minister said unabashed on television that the measures are unconstitutional but he has to vote for them. In this way, he blatantly violated the oath he took when he was sworn in to protect the Constitution.The Greek government recently made an agreement with the successor company of Blackwater to hire mercenaries for the protection of Parliament. Parliament, however, in democracies needs no protection. Guidelines have been issued to the mass media of what can be said and tolerated and what cannot be tolerated. Journalists that do not conform are being harassed by government agents or arrested. Another journalist was summarily fired from state television because he showed the Prime Minister being booed at the October 28 National day celebrations. And the EU does not give a damn about democracy in Greece as it does about democracy in other countries like Turkey.»

A recepção foi de choque para muitos observadores e cidadãos. A efectivar-se a contratação, é o fim de um cinismo aparente e a assumpção de que o vivemos é mesmo uma guerra e não uma aparência. 

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
 Dwight D. Eisenhower

A documentary on the privatisation of the Iraq war and the problems such policies have led to not least of all the creation of the militrary industrial complex.

The angry Iraqi government says it's determined to appeal a controversial court ruling in the U.S. that dismissed manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Security guards. They're accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The security personnel claim to have fired in self-defence when a convoy they were protecting came under attack. Witnesses, however, say the men opened fire without provocation indiscriminately into a crowd.