Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£9.99|
Save £3.00 (30%)
War plc: The Rise of the New Corporate Mercenary Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
To be honest I get the impression the author was incrediby lax when it came to research & probably didn't look any deeper than I did online (if as much?). I was also a bit disappointed by it's length. It looks quite thick until you open it & see it's set in 12/12 pt, (another wee pain with the printing was its 'gutter' at the binding which left the text too close to the middle to scan without pretty much breaking the spine.
That said, as a narrative it trundled along nicely as long as you didn't blindly believe the specifics, but not the reasonably indepth piece I was really after.
The military cannot be replaced by commercial companies that are in places like Iraq and Afghanistan for one reason only....to make a profit. From a British perspective, some companies are carrying out military style tasks, and even providing security for the FCO, whilst totally unregulated, utterly disgraceful. There are heads of government departments, military chiefs and heads of commercial security companies who have to be held to account for the lack of duty of care shown to the lads and lassies working on the ground and have since been killed, wounded and/or captured.
I would like to see the industry externally regulated asap by an appointed MP with no financial ties to the industry, and for that industry to carry out commercial to commercial tasks only.
Right now, there are more commercial security in Afghanistan than soldiers. Just like Iraq, this is one reason that has lead to loosing the conflict. It takes full time professional military to win over an insurgency, not profit driven commercial security. The privatisation of war is a very bad idea, and has to be stopped.
For example, casualties suffered by contractors are not "so vague to be almost opaque" as he alleges on page 144; they are published by date, name and employer. He says that "by June 2007 just over 1,000 contractors had been killed", whereas the published figure is 414.
The author states that the security industry in Iraq was only regulated in 2007 after the Nissour Square incident. In fact, in 2004 the Iraq government imposed registration on security companies and weapons carrying licensing on armed individuals. And the US government has exercised criminal authority over civilian contractors since 2000, before the Iraq War, with the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act which applies to all civilian contractors; this did not only come in after 2007.
The author's line is to portray security companies as unregulated cowboys. He invariably takes the anti-company point of view in all cases, and fails to use the fuller and often more balanced stories published in the media, even when from the author's own paper, the Observer.
Being so full of errors, there are plenty of absolute howlers: for example, "in 2003 Sean Cleary became Jonas Savimbi's political adviser", but this was the year after Mr Savimbi's death (22 November 2002).
Most of the errors (I gave up listing them there were so many), are very simple to check: Wikipedia and newspaper reports would have helped him get most of the facts right.
If you want an accurate, balanced analysis of the private security industry and the way it has operated in Iraq - this isn't it. It's even unreadable as fiction.
A good primer to the new "corporate war" deal where our governments use anonymous mercenaries to secure / fight dirty deals.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?