Monday, May 16, 2011

Mercenary

The Colombians had entered the United Arab Emirates posing as construction workers. In fact, they were soldiers for a secret American-led mercenary army being built by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater Worldwide, with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom.

Blackwater Founder Forms Secret Army for Arab State - NYTimes.com

It seems Libya is not the only place where mercenary army exists. Perhaps a lesson should be drawn from Libya that legitimacy comes before power. Once legitimacy is lost, power will not get you far. Rulers should reinforce their legitimacy through more open and democratic systems rather than revert to power and suppression. Most Gulf countries enjoy goodwill between rulers and citizens. It would be a shame if this is wasted rather than developed. 

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