Crazy idea of the day:

Perhaps we should use private military companies to intervene in internal state conflicts when the international community is unable or unwilling to do so?

This suggestion was mooted at a session of the APSA conference I am currently attending, and seemed not to be taken as completely crazy by many of those in attendance.  I found this odd, as there are a number of immediate issues that spring to mind.  Firstly, there is an accountability problem.  Who gets the blame if things go wrong?  Are PMCs able to be charged with war crimes?  Secondly, such companies will want to do this for profit… I would have thought that profiting on war is likely to be a bad thing.  Thirdly, do we really want to be encouraging and legitimising mercenaries?

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