Misworded Mondays: Peacekeeping Force

Definition: defined by the United Nations, is “a way to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace.” It is distinguished from both peacebuilding and peacemaking.
Usage: “The US and Britain deployed a peacekeeping force to the war torn region of It-Hellsabadere on Friday.”
Reality: A bigger oxymoron there hasn’t been when it comes to Third World issues. It’s like this term is something that the US came up with to sound badass while at the same time doin’ some good out there. It’s a joke. We’re deploying soliders (ie fighters that do shoot, shoot, kill, kill, normally) in to a region to act as a non-war entity. These regions happen to be places that already have a great deal of soldiers running around in them, thus the reason the “peacekeeping force” was though to be needed in the first place.
I gotta tell you that this system doesn’t really work so well. I’ve seen UN peacekeepers in “action” in the Congo, which mainly consists of them sitting around not doing much. Oh, except for the prostitution rings that they start with local, underage girls that they never get tried for because you know, “boys will be boys”. Thanks Yasushi Akashi…
One could say that they forces are doing something just by being there, but then again one could say (me) that they do nothing. They can’t engage rebel troops and they mainly act as a human shield, but they don’t even do that so well as shown by the disarming and rapid slaughter in Srebrenica. Is there really a point to these deployments? On a long term, protracted basis, I say no. I say that an entity deployed for the purpose of peace is either a fighting war force or a development force. There is no in between ground. Of course, Americans would think that someone working in an NGO should get $400,000 because that’s what they’d get in a typical private sector job probably think that these forces are good. Of course, they’re just applying their social systems to a place where such systems simply do not apply.
Misworded Mondays: Peacekeeping Force