Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Remember History ... Or Be Doomed To Repeat It

I always bristle at comparisons between the United States and Ancient Rome, after all, we all know what happened to Rome. Unfortunately, the United States is once again emulating that great Empire. I don’t know how much everyone is aware of the use of mercenaries in the Iraqi War, but it is impressive.

There are thousands of private “security contractors” currently keeping the peace in Iraq. Most of these are former US and UK military, but with a smattering of South Africans and even Gurkhas. In fact, mercenaries are fast becoming South Africa’s biggest export.

Now, private security companies are starting to recruit mercs out of Latin America. Peruvians guard the perimeter of a US installation in Basra, Chileans protect the Green Zone in Baghdad and Hondurans provide security at the terminals in Baghdad International Airport. Salvadorians and Ecuadorians have also provided mercenary services. These security companies are going after Latin American recruits hard. Where a US mercenary commands a $10000.00 to $15000.00 monthly salary, Latin Americans are paid from $1000.00 to $1500.00.

Now, back to Rome … towards the end of the Roman Empire, the Roman Empire was comprised of a large majority of Barbarian mercenaries. Flavius Orestes took advantage of this by turning the mercenaries against Rome and taking over the Western Roman Empire in 475 AD.

Let us hope there is no Flavius Orestes lurking in the shadows of the US Government … has any one seen Dick Cheney recently?

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Keshi said...

So did u Repeat this post on purpose? :)

** Latin Americans are paid from $1000.00 to $1500.00.'s cheap labor policy...its happening here in Aus too...everything is being outsourced to India and China!


Paul Champagne said...

keshi ... Seeing how some of these guys from Latin America are used to getting $80.00 a month, I can see how they are tempted.

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

You must be really trying to make a POINT by posting twice..

*chuckle chuckle*

Paul Champagne said...

terri ... actually it is three times. It was an accident