John Robb has another excellent piece on his weblog that I'd like to invite you to read. Some details from his piece that stood out to me:
- USA is #1 in troop deployment. UK is #3. What? Not #2? No, Private military companies (PMCs) field the second largest military force in Iraq, after the US -- the UK is a distant third. Ouch.
- Most of what is called terrorists are "military entrepreneurs". This should come as no surprise to readers of history [...]. Arab warfare, until late in this century, was driven entirely by entrepreneurship. For example: Lawrence of Arabia, the father of modern guerrilla warfare, used combinations of direct payments and the promise of loot to build his forces.
- Keeping Iraq a chaos is lucrative. Even though Iraq is a failed state, it is awash in money. Fortunes will be made through the perpetuation of its chaos (as we see with the Narco warlords in Afghanistan, who combined generate $2.5 billion a year in revenue).
Read his article (and I encourage following his weblog).