War is on the way out.
Really, war is old news.
What we have these days are police actions usually with troops sent in because Capital (in the guise of the UN or NATO or the USA) defines something going on in a nation state as a crime...or not in its interest.
Not only is war old news, but national military forces are old hat, too.
It is the time of the private, international police force recruited by, paid by, trained by, and sent in by private capitalists on behalf of international capital where needed.
The troops are recruited from here, there and everywhere.
We live in a global world.
Call them mercenaries if you want, but really, I think we are beyond that sort of stuff. These are private "armies," contractors for sell to the highest bidder... and the highest bidder is....
Almost nobody is invading their neighbor in order to seize and occupy their land (even Israel, these days, usually marches in and out as quickly as possible).
Drones coming buzzing in guided by whose knows who or from where.
This isn't your daddy's World War II, let alone World War I. Today's world war is really Global Action I.
War on Terror. Pshaw...
The multitude is everywhere and the Empire needs a highly technical, computerized, easily moved about force to police the mess of the alter globalization. The Empire is everywhere, but so are WE.
The old Third World is in the old First World, the old First World is in the Third World, and who the hell knows what ever happened to the old Second World.
This is the tale of "soldiers" from Colombia, hired by a private firm, and shipped to the Gulf to do "what." I think you know what.
Boldfacenews puts it this way:
The failure of the “rebels” to win in Syria has increased the worry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who, like the Saudis, are afraid, not of the “spreading of shia influence emanating from Iran” and corrupting their people, as they claim, but afraid of their own people, given the unrest I place like Bahrein and Kuweit, and uncertain of their ability to quell the storm when it comes.
Clearly Al Qaida and other mercenaries are nothing like a disciplined army to rely on. A little more professionalism is needed.
That is where globalism comes in handy: you can sit back in Abu Dhabi and order from as far away as South America, specifically Colombia.
The following is actually from the corporate media, but I took it from Axis of Logic (which sounds better then UPI).