THE RISE OF MERCENARY ARMIES
By Paul Drockton
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In his "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", Edward Gibbons explains:
"the Roman Empire succumbed to barbarian invasions in large part due to the gradual loss of civic virtue among its citizens. They had become weak, outsourcing their duties to defend their Empire to barbarian mercenaries, who then became so numerous and ingrained that they were able to take over the Empire. Romans, he believed, had become effeminate, unwilling to live a tougher, "manly" military lifestyle. He further blames the degeneracy of the Roman army and the Praetorian guards...
Gibbon sees the primary catalyst of the empire's initial decay and eventual collapse in the Praetorian Guard, instituted as a special class of soldiers permanently encamped in a commanding position within Rome, a seed planted by Augustus at the establishment of the empire. As Gibbon calls them at the outset of Chapter V: The Praetorian bands, whose licentious fury was the first symptom and cause of the decline of the Roman empire... He cites repeated examples of this special force abusing its power with calamitous results, including numerous instances of imperial assassination and demands of ever-increasing pay." (Source)
The United States went to an all-volunteer force in 1972. The result has been a reduced number of volunteers and the rise of various mercenary armies to fill the gap.
"Private contractors are all around us, P. W. Singer author of Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry says "In geographic terms, it operates in over 50 different countries. Itís operated in every single continent but Antarctica." In the 1990s there used to be 50 military personnel for every 1 contractor, now the ratio is 10 to 1 (Singer). Singer points out that these contractors have a number of duties depending on who they are hired by. In developing countries that have natural resources, such as oil refineries in Iraq, they are hired to guard the area. (Source)
What is more disturbing is the number of mercenaries contracted by the CIA:
"According to a 2008 study by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, private contractors make up 29% of the workforce in the United States Intelligence Community and cost the equivalent of 49% of their personnel budgets." (Ibid)
The concept of using mercenaries to carry out covert operations provides politicians with another level of plausible deniability. Since mercenaries work for private corporations, their activities lack the Congressional oversight afforded to the regular military personnel. They also serve the highest bidder.
In our modern world that would be the shadow government and its New World Order.
With the decline of National economies and their currencies, mercenaries have the option of serving interests that work against our National interest. When the American citizen realizes that most of the citizen surveillance systems were designed and are operated by mercenaries, this takes on a whole new meaning.
Private contractors, with full access to unlimited surveillance and minimal accountability on how that surveillance is used, could end up in the employ of Communist China, Russia, the Rothschilds or the Rockefellers. The Illuminati operate one of the world's largest mercenary armies. They contract to the highest bidder and have no national loyalty or sense of Patriotism.
They can also be used as agent provocateurs to start conflicts or stage False Flag Terrorist events. During the Revolutionary war, the German mercenaries contracted by the British were known for their brutality and the focus of hatred by the Colonists. In fact, they are even mentioned in the 'Declaration of Independence':
"He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation." (Source)
In this series of articles I will focus on the mercenary armies and the companies they work for. More in the next article.