"Was there an economic aspect to the Libyan incursion? Of course" ""rent-a-rebel" Tuaregs" Perhaps you could explain the difference between the mercenary Tuaregs and the mercenary French government? Or is being on the "right" side the mitigating factor? Forgive me if I can't discern the difference. I thought it was the payment that makes one a mercenary, not the right or wrong of the cause.