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Hiring mercenaries
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Friday Jun 20th, 2014 1:09 PM
We learned how, during the American Revolutionary War, the British Empire hired German mercenaries to fight the Americans. Now the Americans have become the empire and they're hiring mercenaries of their own to fight others! It's not just their own citizens they've paid to fight, either.
The Kurds to fight the Iraqis, and scores of other nationalities to fight people and nations the Americans didn't like. So the history of mercenaries is a long one and not a very glorious one, since they often commit atrocities as well. Soldiers for hire often wind up disliked both by the people they've attacked and by the people who've hired them.

The spirit of war, of killing, of bloodshed and violence is not of Him, nor is it part of Christianity. It is not from Heaven but from Hell, for the spirit of war comes from the himself.

Ted Rudow III, MA
by Mike Novack
Friday Jun 20th, 2014 2:51 PM
"The Kurds to fight the Iraqis, and scores of other nationalities to fight people and nations the Americans didn't like. So the history of mercenaries is a long one and not a very glorious one"

We aren't HIRING the Kurds to fight (against some) Iraqis just as not hiring them to fight in some cases against Turks or in some cases against Syrians. In case you hadn't noticed, the Kurds live in that area, and at the moment , there is a growing independence/autonomy movement among Kurds.

Any really now, while there is the saying "the exception proves the rule" since you were talking about Kurds, what an exception! Long ago to be sure, but don't you't consider Saladin a glorious mercenary? Even his Crusader foes greatly respected him << he was a Kurd from a family whose business to supply and lead mercenaries >>

Or how about somebody like Alexander Nevsky <>