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‘Executive Outcomes’: An unusual (I think) pro-mercenary graphic novel

I was intrigued by a graphic novel that recently arrived on the mailboat. Executive Outcomes is about mercenary operations in Sierra Leone in the mid-1990s. Essentially it makes the argument that the mercenaries were the good guys, trying to stop Liberian-backed insurgents from killing villagers and attacking a legitimate government.

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I was intrigued by a graphic novel that recently arrived on the mailboat. Executive Outcomes is about mercenary operations in Sierra Leone in the mid-1990s. Essentially it makes the argument that the mercenaries were the good guys, trying to stop Liberian-backed insurgents from killing villagers and attacking a legitimate government.

I don’t know anything about the situation, but was interested to read something where the United Nations and diplomats at the Hague are the bad guys. The South African mercenary at the end even wins over the sexy blonde doctor.

Image credit: Nick BicanicM. Zachary Sherman, and Leri Greer

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1
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