Rise of the American Mercenary; Murderers For Hire | Ace News Room

One of three amendments of the Geneva Conventions, the first Protocol of 1977 clearly defines all of the criteria that a soldier must meet to be considered a mercenary. A mercenary is a person who:Is speci­ally recruited to take part in a conflict, but isn’t a member of the armed forces of the state that recruited himAc­tively engages in hostilitiesIs motivated by private gain and is paid substantially more than the ordinary armed forces of the stateIsn’t a national of the states involved in the conflictDoesn’t reside in a territory controlled by the states involved in the conflictAs such, a mercenary isn’t a lawful combatant and enjoys no protection under the Geneva Conventions. He can be executed or charged with murder if he kills either a combatant or a noncombatant.In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution that outlawed the use of mercenaries. However, only 30 countries have ratified the resolution to date. Many countries, including the United States and Iraq, have not signed the accord, mainly because mercenaries, while discouraged by international law, offer several advantages that make them attractive to countries at war. (as usual the US only recognizes laws that benefit them not to make the world a better place)

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