n African Renaissance - The attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea : implications for the promising prospects of using private armies to pacify African conflicts, Peter Fabricius - : discussion

Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Peter Fabricius argues that the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea might not have happened had private military companies (PMCs) like Executive Outcomes been brought into the UN system as peacekeepers. As he puts it, the devil finds work for idle hands. This argument is entirely speculative : who can say what might or might not have happened had the UN embraced mercenaries? The argument is also based on faulty logic. Even if the UN decided to utilise PMCs, it would not have the capacity or the desire to use all former soldiers looking for military employment. Many of them would still be available to do the devil's work.

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