Friday, April 15, 2011
Female Colombian snipers 'fighting to defend Col Gaddafi in Libya'
Ah, where to begin on this? Female Colombian snipers are making $1000 a day plying their trade in Libya. This should not come as no surprise. Back in the day, Gaddafi offered members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) free training facilities in Libya in exchange for training on remotedly detonated bombs (at the time, PIRA was the foremost experts on radio detonated bombs). The Colombian snipers are most likely part of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a Marxist terrorist group that Gaddafi has worked with in the past. Gaddafi would have been more than happy to support a group opposed to US oppression.
Now lest some of my fellow Americans start throwing stones, please read about a little endeavor called the School of the Americas or SOA (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC). Housed at Ft Bragg, courses were taught in Spanish to military of various South and Central American countries. Unfortunately, a number of graduates of the SOA and WHINSEC have been accused of human rights violations and criminal activity in their home countries.
In August 2007, according to an Associated Press report, Colonel Alberto Quijano of the Colombian army's Special Forces was arrested for providing security and mobilizing troops for Diego León Montoya Sánchez (alias “Don Diego”), the leader of the Norte del Valle Cartel and one of the FBI’s 10 most-wanted criminals. Yes, he was a graduate of WHINSEC.
The SOA/WHINSEC also gave the US a cadre of mercernaries to choose from. The United States is not any less adverse to using mercenaries (now referred to as private military companies or simply "contractors") than any other country. The French Foreign Legion, for example, is nothing more than a bunch of mercenaries that allow the French "plausible deniability" since Legionaires are not French citizens. Those contractors filling the Blackwater (now Xe) ranks are just as likely to come from Bolivia as Baltimore.
Libya is a case study as to how modern warfare is waged. The use of mercenaries are not a modern invention after all. The Hessians fought for the British during the American revolutionary war. General Chenault's Flying Tigers were also a mercenary force. The problem people forget is that mercenaries, PMCs or contractors work only as long as they are under contract. Once the money runs out, the very same people can be shooting at their former employers.
Vive la mort, vive la guerre, vive la Légion Etrangère