I remember my first "vacation" to the Middle East and after the liberation of Kuwait it was rumoured the king wanted to pay each member 10k to show his gratitude. The gov't turned it down saying we were not mercenaries. If you look at the defination of mercenary that is exactly what we were doing.
Fast forward to my second vacation and one would be hard pressed to call this anything other than an occupation. There is hardly a meeting that a member of the "liberation" force is not present. We have influenced everything from the uniforms they wear to how much electricity they get. Comparasions can be made for both liberation or occupier so it all depends on where you sit.