Can Mercenaries Stop the War in Darfur?

The War in Darfur, Western Sudan, Africa, is now in its fifth year and its increasingly unlikely - despite their rhetorics - that major world powers will do anything to prevent the killings.

Some people are now calling for a free market/private sector solution to the conflict: if governments are unwilling to send soldiers to the area, how about the private sector hiring Blackwater mercenaries instead?

John of Locust & Honey wrote:

Several years into the Darfur genocide, it's getting increasingly unlikely that any of the major powers will do anything to prevent the extermination of these people. This problem has led some people to propose a free market solution: mercenaries.

Let us say, hypothetically, that a group of churches or denominations came together and hired a mercenary army to protect the people of Darfur from their Sudanese oppressors. Would their actions be consistent with Christian principles?


Photo caption: A Darfur survivor at the site of a mass grave on the outskirts of the West Darfur town of Mukjar. Photo by: Nasser Nasser and Alfred de Montesquiou - via AP

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Many are quick to condemn the notion of privately funded security forces, yet they all fail to offer any hint of a viable solution. In the meantime, the killing continues unabated. The commandment often incorrectly translated as "thou shalt not kill" is accurately translated as "thou shalt not commit murder", which is biblically defined as the killing of an innocent person. If no one was willing to kill the perpetrators of genocide, the concentration camps of the Nazi regime would likely still be operational today.

Please, do not cheapen the plight of these people by assuming that a useless government body, such as the UN, will actually take initiative beyond legal threats. The murderous bands of state-funded terrorists will not stop as long as the free money, guns, and pillaging rights continue to flow from the Sudanese government.
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I just heard a speech from the U.S. special convey to Sudan by Mr. Williamson and after hearing that Im not opposed to mercenaries at all. The longer the north delays the peace talks the more southerners will be killed until there's no one left to make peace with. If given the chance to take direct action and actually take up arms and kill the oppressors I think some people would take that opportunity, I know I would.
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Google Executive Outcomes. They stopped the civil war in Sierra Leone until the UN took over. Now the country is full of 14,000 blue helmets child rapers and the civil war is back on.
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Wait, shouldn't Americans care about the genocide of Iraqi and Afghan civilians murdered.


Oh Wait! Sudanese government doesn't like America

so its okay to kill people as long as its your government
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