Yes. After female Colombian snipers on the top of buildings in the disputed cities of the ongoing Libyan war, now it’s time for Colombian military-experienced macho to break the news in the Arab world.
Blackwater Worldwide (who does not know them for their dirty involvement in the Iraq-war) is recruiting in Colombia. The private security contractor company (mercenaries) just need very experienced and trained individuals who fought in a conflict zone to assemble a special force to defend the Mecca of finance: Abu Dhabi!
The NYT just reported the story. The crown prince of Abu Dhabi hired an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the U.A.E. in the last year. For several reasons:
“…to conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from terrorist attacks and put down internal revolts…Such troops could be deployed if the Emirates faced unrest in their crowded labor camps or were challenged by pro-democracy protests like those sweeping the Arab world this year. The U.A.E.’s rulers, viewing their own military as inadequate, also hope that the troops could blunt the regional aggression of Iran…”
Beside Colombians there is probably la creme of worldwide mercenaries. And we don’t blame them. Well-paid job, no serious risk that Iranian will try to conquer U.A.E., no much people uprising over there (some expats maybe) and preventing terrorist attacks just mean to control the entrance of skyscrapers. The real problem could just be what they call the labor camp, a new form of immigrant slavery. But, it looks like money is not everything for mercenaries. They want fun too. But Abu Dhabi is in the middle of the desert. It’s extremely hot to train. No much diversions.
The piece is basically running a story on one Colombian that had to come back to Bogotà after spending few months in the desert. He went to the Emirates last summer, and he entered along with other “colleagues” with fake permits as temporary workers. But the Emirates are not famous for its easy libertinage and mercenaries felt like being in prison. Yes, the report says, just “necessary” short trips to spend some spare time with prostitutes. And that’s look like normal in the army environment.
But there was another problem: Colombians lack of training and low -level military skills. Many had to go back to Latin America. Back for a real sancocho, cause probably even the chef sent from Colombia to U.A.E. to make traditional soup, is on his way home. Hopefully.