Tuesday, June 05, 2007

can you trust a mercenary?

Some things shouldn't be privatized. One of those things is the legal use of armed force, which should always remain in the realm of the state.

In other words, we shouldn't encourage mercenaries. But we have ... especially in Iraq, with over 100,000 so-called "contractors", many of which are soldiers in all but name.

Two problems with this practice. It creates another level of incentive for corporations -- in this case mercenary outfits like Blackwater -- to support military interventions for private gain. And you can't always trust mercenaries to do what you want them to do, a problem going back to ancient times.



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