This is truly amazing:
A consortium of mercenary groups has made the UN a deceptively simple proposal: give us $200 million, and we’ll help bring an end to the war in the Congo.
I suppose the bright side is, they’re offering to end the war in the Congo, not start a second one.
*Okay, quick history lesson: the conditteri were Italian mercenaries in the 15th and 16th centuries, responsible for a “Revolution in Military Affairs” in the early modern period. For more, read William McNeill’s Pursuit of Power.