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By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

ISBN-10: 0760323550

ISBN-13: 9780760323557

As the U.S. military shrinks, a personal military steps into the breach. A Bloody Business bargains an exceptional glance behind the curtain and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 at the present time) who defend offer convoys, educate international infantrymen, supply protection for international leaders and dignitaries—and whose places of work are the main risky sizzling spots at the planet.  With its insights into who those males are, what drives them, the place they arrive from, how they arrange, and what they do, this ebook presents a uniquely close-up and entire photograph of the non-public military in the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed protection contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and was once in Iraq, the place he witnessed how inner most infantrymen fought ambushes, educated Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in risky stipulations, and observed the contractor part of the Iraq conflict. comprises motion at the offer strains and entrance strains of this targeted clash, and the tales of the contractors who stay it each day.


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Such considerations have frequently been labeled as immoral. However, their reluctance begs the question: Is it moral to do nothing? The morality of employing private contractors, or the lack thereof, is succinctly summed up in an article by David Shearer, in which he states, “There is a serious question here: if a private force, operating with international authority and within international law, can protect civilians, how moral is it to deny people protection just because states can’t or won’t find the forces to do it?

For many, it’s a chance to fulfill a patriotic sense of duty they missed by not joining the service when they were military age. Perhaps many men and women feel the need in their lifetime to have done something for their country, something above average, something beyond the norm. Maybe it’s just for the adventure. While the risk to life and limb is essentially the same, it probably doesn’t hurt that the pay is much better than in the military, and contract work comes without any long-term obligation.

Some of these contracting agencies have even launched public relations campaigns to clean up their image. To stem the flood of mercenary activity in Africa, several nations have passed laws prohibiting their citizenry from involvement in military actions outside their borders. In Zimbabwe, more than sixty mercenaries were imprisoned for a plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. Conversely, the requirements and opportunities in Africa for mercenaries continue to grow. Some are even being retained to shoot wildlife poachers.

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