Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Link to my Term Paper


Pecha Kucha

Monday, December 7, 2009


Rights when viewed in the context of my issue, the development of private military corporations, tend to be rather vague and widespread, merely because my issue tends to be an issue taken on a global scale and thus international rights and regulations come into play. Therefore I cannot merely quote from the bill of rights or the constitution because those rights may not be fully applied to the rights of those persons not from this country, such as internationally based private military companies. With this in mind then I would need to base the rights of those involved on a far more generalized ideal or principle, and that would be the inane human right of individuals to defend themselves when threatened. All people need to be afforded the right to defend both themselves and those they hold dear, and in the case of private military corporations, they may do so. Countries that may not have a standing army or may need grater assistance may look to these companies for assistance in times of need, and in doing so exercise their rights as human beings to protect themselves and their property.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


A fact in regards to the employment of private military companies may be seen in the quote given to the UN during the Rwanda crisis which shows that such private military companies may be far more cost effective than employing the use of international or national peace keepers. “The report estimated the cost of a six month operation at 150 million dollars, compared to 100 million dollars spent each month by the United Nations on failed peace keeping in Sierra Leon.” The small tidbit of information however small tells a powerful story of just how cost effective private military companies are compared to national or multinational forces, and should further urge us as a world community to look into private military companies.
This piece of information is a “fact” in that it is verifiable as truth by outside sources besides the article in which it is listed. It may be corroborated by the very report presented before the United Nations which called for action in the Rwanda crisis. It may also be seen as a fact in that it is not merely a theory given by an expert or official but deals in dollars and cold hard figures, computed by the company quoting the cost of deployment as well as sighting the verifiable UN cost of deployment during the Sierra Leon crisis. This fact is variable by several outside sources, and may thus also be deemed as truthful and highly relevant.

Below is the complete article with the quote pertaining to this specific fact.