I read that the hadjis have downed a charter copter containing American "private security contractors," i.e. mercenaries.
I have to admit, this is one aspect of the latest developments that absolutely fascinates me--the return of the mercenary to the battlefields of the world. The ultimate in privatization. In some Third World countries right now, you want an army, you hire one from a consultancy firm. Kind of like the old condotierri system in Renaissance Italy.
It seems that the corporate world has managed to find another way to get their hands on our tax dollars and keep them out of the hands of the poor here in America.