and face the howls of colonialism / atrocities / whatever else the left on all sides will fling? not saying you're wrong, just playing devils advocate.
The BBC World News report presented in the US t'other night mentioned PMC's operating in Mozambique in the present area of conflict. Sadly the mention was not a positive one as they stated that many of the locals were easy recruitment pickings for the militia due to the heavy handed nature of some of the PMC's.
Like Uncle Sam found out eventually, in Vietnam, its about hearts and minds..........with a population in poverty you cannot wander around like an overseer on a plantation. You need to invest a little in the local economy and it pays dividends in return. All these gas and mineral contracts its the politicos and the foreign corporates getting rich, the locals still grub around in the dirt. Offer them some stability and an income and they become your best mucker.