You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Letters

letters

In UN peacekeeping, put emphasis on peace

I was dismayed to see unarmed peacekeepers, such as Nonviolent Peaceforce, and private security contractors discussed as two options to outsource UN peacekeeping (“Outsourcing peace,” Jan. 22). The assertion that “1,500 men could get control of Rwanda within two weeks” and similar statements from the private security industry suggest that peacekeeping can be boiled down to military might. Peacekeeping is not about defeating so-called enemies but rather about defusing conflicts and protecting civilians.

Private security firms’ claims that they can be deployed more quickly than traditional peacekeepers should also be taken with skepticism. For example, consider the recent fiasco of the G4S contract for the London Olympics.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week