Originally posted by KrispyB
there are times when you have to use your common sense and anon72
is using his. If you were a merc on a mission, would you just walk around with thousands of dollars in your pocket to get lost? No, that would be in
your bank account. It's like Judge Judy says, "If it doesn't make sense, it's a lie." Adios Amebas!
Originally posted by brainwrek
reply to post by anon72
Thats called defending the vessel. Any mariner has a duty to protect the ship against an invading force.
You will see sailors preparing the defense when they know Somali pirates are about to board as well.
Any pics of this alleged thousands of dollars in cash that was found in their pocket? Proof they were actually mercs? One would have to be a really
crappy merc not to have a rifle with you if that was your job description.
These guys may have been classified as "mercenaries" in a broad, vague, twisted sense (like the Russians used to refer to US Special Forces as
"mercenaries", ref "Great Soviet Encyclopedia", 1982 ed., article "Special Forces"), but not in any strict sense of the word. The term
'mercenary" is bandied about by opposition spin doctors in a pejorative sense, to try to tar combatants as only being in it for the money, with no
sense of loyalty. That's not strictly so, but it's how it has morphed in the public imagination over the last few years, since the proxy wars of the
60's, and the leftist attempts to paint anyone in opposition to them as "mercenaries".
Clearly, whether these gents had money or not, they had a sense of loyalty - to Hamas, and were trying to break the blockade, so that Hamas could get
armed up better afterwards.
They don't seem to have been very highly trained, except in mob tactics. The brains of the operation was just using them as willing tools, for a
Most actual "mecenaries" are fairly highly trained. That's how they get jobs. Who's gonna hire a merc to LOSE, unless it's just for a propaganda
campaign? Most self-respecting guns for hire would turn down a gig like that out of hand, because of pride at best, and self-preservation at the
worst, but turn down all the same. Ain't no profit in dying on purpose.
No, they weren't actual mercenaries, except in the loosest, publicly-perceived, mud-slinging usage of the term. In that, the IDF appears to have torn
a page from the Communist propaganda handbook, or the IDF soldier has just bought into the public perception of the term.
Now, the presence of wads of cash in pocket could be misconstrued as such by the unthinking, or it could have been there on purpose to give that
impression, but I lean towards a different interpretation. My best guess is that, if it was there at all, it was there as part of a funds transfer,
since most transactions done electronically by organizations labelled as "terrorist" have been blocked for the past several years. Transferring cash
by courier is one way to avoid an electronic trail, and circumvent the blocks in place.
[edit on 2010/6/5 by nenothtu]