What is the truth about anyone? Some times it is even hard to find the truth about ourselves. One thing is surely correct - if you have never met a person - you rely only on what you hear or on your own prejudices or world view acting as a filter.
So who is Erik Prince?
Many believe his is a devil - none who state this have ever met him. Few if any who rage on and on about him have ever met anyone from Blackwater. His primary antagonist, Jeremy Scahill, has never met him.
I just don't see that position as being reasonable - hence my prior post of Rage . Why should I trust opinion that is based on no factual basis and on only a McCarthy like demonization?
So who has met him? Who has met him that has studied what is going on in the world rather than is captured by an ideology?
Tom Barnett is a leading thinker on the conflict that is affecting us all and has some very well thought out ideas about what is really going on and what might be done. Here is his tour de force at TED on his views.
His take on what is really going on is that the process of outsourcing is well developed and has deep roots. He sees Blackwater and Erik Prince as actors in this drama and not its source. Here are 3 intelligent links to this thesis that Tom selected today: