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4/24/2004 12:51:00 AM | Justin

More on U.S. "mercenaries"

Dan posted a correction to add that the U.S. contractors are not mercenaries, after Nick Donegan brought up the good point that in order for a person to be classified as a mercenary under the Geneva Convention, they have to be a national of a party not involved in the conflict. While this condition proves that the Blackwater folks aren't mercenaries, it's still worth noting that many U.S. contracted forces in Iraq do classify as mercenaries under the Geneva Convention, particularly those hired from India and South Africa, and other nations that aren't engaged in the conflict in Iraq. In India, there was even a motion towards legal proceedings against certain individuals in January, as noted here.



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