Reconstruction. Years Following Civil War by Linda R. Wade

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The Elusive State: International and Comparative Perspectives (1989), 92. 50 Despite their apparent military successes, these companies triggered hostile reactions in their hiring states (such as Papua New Guinea), their home states (South Africa and the UK) and the broader international community. The continuing stigma attached to private offensive combat ultimately led to the dissolution of EO and Sandline, and deterred other companies from offering offensive combat services on the open market.

Chapter 3 argues that a large proportion of PMSC activity in armed conflict will fall within at least one of these three categories. In practice, however, it will frequently be more difficult to prove the responsibility of the hiring state for violations committed by a PMSC employee than it would be if a national soldier of that state were to behave in the same way, and some PMSC conduct may fall outside the rules of attribution altogether. This reveals a potential responsibility gap between states that act through their national armed forces and states that hire PMSCs.

Morally, it is generally considered more acceptable to fight for such causes than to fight for money. This provides some clues as to why the international community reacted with less aversion to the ideologically motivated foreign volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War than to the profit-motivated mercenaries who fought in post-colonial Africa. ), From Mercenaries to Market: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies (2007), 14–18. For a discussion of the difference between justifications and excuses in this context, see Lynch and Walsh, ‘The Good Mercenary’ (2000) 8(2) Journal of Political Philosophy 133, 139.

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