Am I the only one out there disturbed by this news of a mercenary army being gathered in the desert in UAE? It seems like the latest in a series of events/actions around the world that harken to a return to a more medieval way of doing things. Mercenary armies, the increasingly feudal behavior of the super wealthy. It makes me wonder whether the 19th and 20th centuries were just a blip in an otherwise bleak run of human history. Could the 20th century really be "the good old days"?