Mercenaries: The Scourge Of The Third World

Hardcover | October 29, 1999

byGuy Arnold

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Mercenaries have been employed as auxiliaries since early times, but in the post-1945 world they have operated, almost exclusively, in weak Third World countries. From Columbia to the Congo, Angola to Papua New Guinea, Cambodia to Nicaragua, they have appeared: training the drug cartel armies, assisting rebellions or civil wars, acting as the agents of the major powers. In the Congo crisis (1960-1965) they earned an especially unsavory reputation for greed, brutality and racism; it is a reputation that has stuck to the mercenary and on the whole justly. During the 1990s a new phenomenon has emerged in the form of the mercenary corporations such as Executive Outcomes or Sandline. These corporations offer a range of military expertise and weaponry, have the covert support of governments in the countries from which they come and are rapidly becoming a power to themselves, ultimately far more dangerous than the individual freebooters of the past.

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Mercenaries have been employed as auxiliaries since early times, but in the post-1945 world they have operated, almost exclusively, in weak Third World countries. From Columbia to the Congo, Angola to Papua New Guinea, Cambodia to Nicaragua, they have appeared: training the drug cartel armies, assisting rebellions or civil wars, acting...

Guy Arnold is a freelance writer who lives in England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 8.9 × 5.4 × 0.78 inPublished:October 29, 1999Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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ISBN - 10:0312222033

ISBN - 13:9780312222031

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Table of Contents

Introduction * The Congo 1960-1965 * The Nigerian Civil War * Southern African (1) Rhodesia * Southern African (2) Angola * African Vulnerability * Island Destabilization: Comoros, Seychelles, Denard * The British Mercenary Tradition: The Middle East * Papua New Guinea and Bougainville * Nicaragua and Colombia * Europe * South Africa and Executive Outcomes * The New Mercenary Corporations * The Sierra Leone, Sandline and Britain * Western Attitudes * The United Nations * Conclusions--The Future * Index