Thursday, November 11, 2004

Syria: Jihad Without Borders, or more applied economics

The insurgents are recruiting willing foot soldiers from neighboring Syria. How? Well, there is the chance to kill Americans, of course, but supply and demand apply here, too.

Two months ago, after the shooting stopped in Najaf, many of the Lebanese fighters volunteered for service against the Americans in Fallujah. As insurgents, they were earning $800 a month—three times an Iraqi policeman's salary.

Base pay for a Private in OUR Army is about $1000/month, which is a bit less than your average cop makes, and cops get to sleep at home.


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