‘More war, more money’: African wars see no end

West does not want peace in Africa, says mercenary leader


Western powers are interested in prolonging conflicts in Africa as they want to exploit the continent’s resources, a founder of private military company said. Most African forces are “poised to fail” by foreign advisers, he added.

Western nations see protracted African wars and chaos as only a means to get hold of rich African resources, Eeben Barlow, founder of Executive Outcomes, a South African company that has started a private mercenary army told RT’s Shevardnadze.

“As long as there is conflict in motion, certain agreements can be closed with governments,” allowing foreign powers “to get those resources for their own use,” he added.

Barlow went on to say that foreign powers, and particularly Western powers, often choose to support armed groups or various forces that really destabilize the situation in the region, since “the rebels do not have to tax anyone who has resources within the areas.”

Government groups are also used avidly as a means of “replacing a certain government that is not sufficiently in keeping with the wishes of those who are outside directing such actions.”

As for foreign advisers to government forces, the quality of training and counseling they provide to African officials is generally “poor,” complained the former lieutenant colonel of the South African Defense Force.

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“Most African armies are being prepared to fail by […] foreign armed forces or foreign advisers they use,” he told the SophieCo program.

Foreign private military companies (PMCs) are usually just “there to see how long they can actually prolong a conflict or a war, because the longer they spend, the more money they earn for themselves,” Barlow said, adding that he “believes” that many “foreign forces in Africa are not here to solve problems, but to ensure that the problems continue.”

When African governments try to use local forces, including African PMCs, to help them deal with conflicts, terrorist groups or insurgencies, “they are continually threatened that … it will be to their disadvantage.”

“These are threats coming from outside Africa, and it’s really just a test for us that a stable and secure Africa seems to be of little interest to people,” concluded Barlow.

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