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Once Executive Outcomes successfully restored the power of the government in Sierra Leone, Sandline International had to be called back in when conflict and violence resurrected a few year later. Might does not always make right as Doug Brooks asserts, "security is 90% of the problem but only 10% of the solution" (Brooks 2004). Moreover, some even claim that the presence of PMFs has an adverse effect on institutionalization of peace as these firms "undermine the building of state institutions for controlling violence" (Leander 2001: 12).

Gray 2003) Therefore, it is imperative that the international community discusses the pros and cons of private military firms and formulates the proper regulations and role for these firms. Only when the private military industry is legitimized completely through international, regional, and national laws and agreements can the international community fully benefit from private military firms. 53 The Private Military Company: An Entity at the Center of Overlapping Spheres of Commercial Activity and Responsibility Carlos Ortiz 1 Introduction Despite growing awareness of the private military company (PMC) as a distinctive commercial entity due to the involvement of numerous such enterprises in Iraq and the wider war on terror, confusion is still palpable in determining what precisely constitutes a PMC.

Nonetheless, "the wave isn't coming - it is here. '" (Leander 2001: 12) Generally speaking, PMFs present many innovative solutions to the world's problems. Yet, as with any normative and tectonic shift in the world system, the emergence of PMFs presents a new set of issues with which the international community must deal. " (Gray 2003) Therefore, it is imperative that the international community discusses the pros and cons of private military firms and formulates the proper regulations and role for these firms.

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