Monday, February 23, 2015
Ever wondered about hired killers and what turns them into killing machines? Why do we need to build drones and robots when we have these so called "human beings" who are easily and readily available via American, Canadian and British companies to go forth wherever and whenever to kill people all over the world? What are the chances that many of the warmongers jumping around to start wars here, there, everywhere .... have a big piece of the pie in companies that have thousands of mercenaries on their payroll? Wars are their bread and butter. Coupled that with the armament making industry and you know the Earth is doomed to have everlasting wars.
Moreover, the investors in these death and misery dealing companies don't have to spend a single penny on training the robotic killers. Most of them are ex-soldiers and hence make the "best" mercenaries.
Anyone wanna bet that a few years from now all those ISIS jihadis you see chopping off heads and burning people alive will become prized mercenaries earning big bucks in the very same USA, British and Canadian "Private Military Companies" which are now probably involved in the fight against the jihadis? You think that's simply not possible? Wait and see!!
Sophie Shevardnadze's interview with an ex-mercenary turned prof and author is one of her most interesting and informative ones I have seen so far. Vid and full transcript at link below.
I thwarted an assassination attempt on President - ex-mercenary.
Mercenaries have always been there, where’s the bloodshed going on. The times when whole armies of mercenary troops, or even personal regiments were bought and sold seemed to be long gone. But now, they are called Private Military Companies, and their popularity among the governments rises, with the US leading the trend of shopping at the market of force. Are we witnessing the end of the age of national armies? And why mercenaries are in such high demand these days? We put these questions to Professor Sean McFate, who once was a private military contractor himself.
Sophie Shevardnadze: Professor Sean McFate, former private military contractor, now author, thank you for joining us in our show. Now, with the rise of mercenaries, private armies, contractors - are we heading towards a global market of conflict, or does it exist already?
Sean McFate: It’s been existing now for about 10 years, perhaps longer, but we’re definitely on the trajectory of having a more open and free market for force around the world after Iraq and Afghanistan.
SS: How so?
SMF: Well, the private military industry has always existed, but for the last couple of decades it’s mostly been underground with lone, sort of, mercenaries in Africa, in the wars of decolonization, but in 99s we started seeing a rise of it, with companies like “Executive Outcomes” in South Africa which was a truly mercenary corporation, and that the U.S. government hired a couple of companies in the Balkans, likeMPRI, in 1999s. But it wasn’t until Iraq and Afghanistan that the U.S. government really started to invest heavily in the private military industry, and now that the U.S. is winding down in Afghanistan, the question is - where will this multi-billion dollar industry go? They’re not going to sort of fold-up shop and go bankrupt as some policy makers in Washington hope; they’re going to look for future clients, and those clients could be anybody.
SS: We’ll take about it in detail, a little bit later on, but I want to talk about you - let’s take a look back. How did you become a private contractor? Was it for the money or for a thrill and hunger for war?
SMF: I started off as a U.S. army paratrooper, I was an officer and a paratrooper in 82nd AirborneDivision, and like many in the private military industry I got my start in the U.S. military, many serve other national armies or Marines, and then after that, I switched over, if you will, to the industry side. I worked for a company called DynCorp - it’s one of the largest private security companies in the world, and most of my work actually was in Africa. I was actually not in the Middle East. I did it out of curiosity - I mean, the money is a little better, but it’s not as good as some media reports have made it out to be over the years. The true interesting thing about the industry is that you get to be innovative, in ways that you cannot in the bureaucracies of large militaries. It also was curious to me how this industry operates. It’s a lot more pervasive around the world than most people think, they think it’s just Iraq, they think it’s just Afghanistan, it’s everywhere, this industry.
SS: But what was your most dangerous assignment? ..............