By David M. Rosen
Children have served as infantrymen all through background. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil battle, and in either global wars. They served as uniformed squaddies, camouflaged insurgents, or even suicide bombers. certainly, the 1st U.S. soldier to be killed via adverse fireplace within the Afghanistan warfare was once shot in ambush through a fourteen-year-old boy.
Does this suggest that kid infantrymen are aggressors? Or are they sufferers? it truly is a tough query with out visible resolution, but in recent times the applicable solution between humanitarian businesses and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those kids are mainly noticeable as particularly hideous examples of grownup felony exploitation.
In this provocative e-book, David M. Rosen argues that this reaction significantly oversimplifies the kid soldier challenge. Drawing on 3 dramatic examples-from Sierra Leone, Palestine, and japanese Europe in the course of the Holocaust-Rosen vividly illustrates this debatable view. In each one case, he exhibits that kids aren't continuously passive sufferers, yet usually make the rational selection that no longer combating is worse than battling.
With a severe eye to overseas legislations, Armies of the younger urges readers to re-evaluate the location of kid warring parties in mild of condition and background ahead of adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the procedure, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photograph of the function of youngsters in foreign conflicts.
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