A Mercenary by Any Other Name
December 27, 2010
The chitchats coming out from the bunker walls of Villa Somalia are rising loudly and are in favour of bringing quasi-mercenaries into Somalia, although Villa Somalia publicly denounces it. It is not entirely clear that the fez-wearing sheikhs have learned from the unfortunate Somali experiences. This year, Saracen International represented itself to Villa Somalia as a “private security” company, the current euphemism for mercenaries, which translates as contractors for freelance vigilance. And in1996, the Human Rights Watch report names Saracen International, as suspected Executive Outcomes front company.