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Well, we pulled yet another play from failed play books of the past, specifically Vietnam. We are hiring South African mercenaries to help in Iraq. I guess the fact that the French had so much success hiring German mercenaries in quelling the resistance in Vietnam, we just have to follow suit. In fact, everyone keeps pointing to Vietnam as a parallel, which I think may be valid, but it appears to me, we look a lot more like the French before the US came in and allowed the French to get out with 'dignity'?
Oh, though I will also grant that the German mercenaries of the '50s and the South African mercenaries today are some of the best trained soldiers ever, it's just that mercenaries tend to get used only when the 'great cause' isn't considered so great by the people of the hiring nation. Hence, they seem most often to be used in lost causes. Most of the entire history of post WWII Africa comes to mind.