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Time to privatise the war against ISIS?

Posted by Jason O on Feb 9, 2015 in Politics |

Much and all as we agree that ISIS is a threat not just to global security but actual global sanity, we have to admit a problem. Iraq and Afghanistan have completely wiped the willingness of the west to get into boots-on-the-ground  operations.

Is it time to look to our history, to the days when nation states privatised war? England, for example, used to issue letters of marque to privateers, allowing them to legally commit acts of piracy against England’s specific enemies. Letters of marque are specifically mentioned under the US Congress’s enumerated powers.

If a private military contractor (what we used to call mercenaries) announced that it was seeking crowdfunding to put a force into Iraq to fight ISIS, hands up who’d be willing to kick in their €100?

I know I would.

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