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Rise of the American Mercenary


I have been very verbal on what I think of private “security contractors” or what they really are…mercenaries……

But first….a mercenary?

The word “mercenary” comes from the Latin “merces,” which means “wages” or “fee.” Thus, taken literally, a mercenary is any person who serves merely for wages. Although this definition could apply to many of us in the working world, it’s most closely associated with the professional soldier, or someone who is hired by a political entity to fight in a conflict. That conflict could be a war, a coup attempt or a prohibition campaign designed to reduce illegal drug trade.

Back in the 1930’s Americans that went to fight in the Spanish Civil War were labeled as treasonous because they were fighting for another country. In thew 1960’s Americans signed on to fight for numerous African civil wars and were threatened with loss of citizenship……let’s not forget those Americans that freely go and fight in the ranks of the IDF….these were all mercenaries.

Today we have thousands of armed mercenaries fighting across the globe but they are safe under the crappy deal of a defense contractor……

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has asserted several times, and quite vociferously, that there will be “no American ground troops in Syria” if she is elected president in November.

While the definition of “ground troops” is flexible, there is a second reality that very few people are talking about in Washington today.

Not unlike the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—where private military contractors fed, trained, equipped, and protected U.S. military forces “on the ground” in unprecedented numbers—an escalation of hired security forces in a hot spot like Syria would likely boost the presence of U.S. “boots” without causing the political heartburn of putting more actual soldiers and Marines in harm’s way.

Source: Rise of the American Mercenary | The American Conservative

A retort is that it is a free market….and yada yada yada…..

Clearly, the division between mercenary and non-mercenary soldiers was getting fuzzy. The four Geneva Conventions had to account for these nuances as they tried to formalize rules regarding how combatants and noncombatants would be treated during wartime. According to the Geneva Conventions, a lawful combatant is a soldier who belongs to the armed forces of a state. Lawful combatants can legally participate in hostilities with an enemy of the state and must be granted prisoner-of-war status if captured. Notice that members of the French Foreign Legion are lawful combatants by this interpretation.

One of three amendments of the Geneva Conventions, the first Protocol of 1977 clearly defines all of the criteria that a soldier must meet to be considered a mercenary. A mercenary is a person who:

  • Is speci­ally recruited to take part in a conflict, but isn’t a member of the armed forces of the state that recruited him
  • Ac­tively engages in hostilities
  • Is motivated by private gain and is paid substantially more than the ordinary armed forces of the state
  • Isn’t a national of the states involved in the conflict
  • Doesn’t reside in a territory controlled by the states involved in the conflict

As such, a mercenary isn’t a lawful combatant and enjoys no protection under the Geneva Conventions. He can be executed or charged with murder if he kills either a combatant or a noncombatant.

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution that outlawed the use of mercenaries. However, only 30 countries have ratified the resolution to date. Many countries, including the United States and Iraq, have not signed the accord, mainly because mercenaries, while discouraged by international law, offer several advantages that make them attractive to countries at war. (as usual the US only recognizes laws that benefit them not to make the world a better place)

To be labeled a mercenary hurts their feelings…..but by any definition they are mercenaries. So do not get all butt hurt by the truth.

We have a military….and if it is not capable then may I suggest that we reinstate the draft and make room for more troops.

If Johnny wants to go to war then do the honorable thing and go as a soldier defending your country not some greedy toad looking for a big payday.

The Middle East is awash in mercenaries…..fighting from all sides not just Americans……

Media reports have recently focused on the role of Iraqi Shia militias in the battle for Aleppo, essentially foreign legions fighting on behalf of the Syrian state.

Despite their differences, both the Spanish and Syrian civil wars witnessed the intervention of foreign legions, entire units of regular armies, militias, and air forces from other states, opposed to foreign fighters, independent individuals who chose to fight for an ideological cause.

Source: Column: Syria, the Spanish Civil war and foreign legions – Middle East Observer

A mercenary by any other name is still a mercenary……if you live for war then do not get butt hurt by the term.

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11 comments on “Rise of the American Mercenary

  1. lobotero
    November 3, 2016

    Thanx my friend looks great….chuq

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ace Worldwide News Group
      November 3, 2016

      Great post and interesting subject can see why it was hard to write … 🌟👍

      Liked by 1 person

      • lobotero
        November 3, 2016

        Thanx…it is something that I have written some about in the past….chuq

        Liked by 1 person

      • Ace Worldwide News Group
        November 3, 2016

        Guessed that has a deeper meaning to you personally … Insight my friend …

        Liked by 1 person

      • lobotero
        November 3, 2016

        Yes from my days after Vietnam….chuq

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      • Ace Worldwide News Group
        November 3, 2016

        Yes from what you said and what you wrote and the way you write l thought so … Bad times my friend … My mate who was a plumber I worked with him for 4 years .. A bit of an all rounder he was I the Korean War and he saved a young child by diving on top of her to shield from a bomb … It deafened him in one year … Sad fact he died from cancer in his head behind his ear a few years ago … Great guy … Just like you …

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      • lobotero
        November 3, 2016

        Thanx my friend….I tried to join the foreign legion after I got out…I had become addicted to the adrenaline rush…I am lucky that I talked myself out of such a move….chuq

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      • Ace Worldwide News Group
        November 3, 2016

        The camel would be the best bit one hump or two …

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  2. Maid (@MarionTheArcher)
    November 3, 2016

    Draft or no Draft, Soldier or Mercenary … there is no justification for war anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

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