[Marxism] Re: Mercenaries

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 2 16:51:08 MST 2004

>Does anyone on the Marxmail list know how much these "volunteer" "soldiers
>of fortune" (sorry, should have said "civilian contractors") get for their
>service to the poor people of Iraq?
>Brian Shannon

The rapid growth of the private security industry has come about in part 
because of the shrinkage of the American military: there are simply fewer 
military personnel available to protect officials, diplomats and bases 
overseas, security experts say.

To meet the rising demand, the companies are offering yearly salaries 
ranging from $100,000 to nearly $200,000 to entice senior military Special 
Operations forces to switch careers. Assignments are paying from a few 
hundred dollars to as much as $1,000 a day, military officials said.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/02/national/02SECU.html

Louis Proyect
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