By David M. Rosen
Children have served as infantrymen all through historical past. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil struggle, and in either international wars. They served as uniformed squaddies, camouflaged insurgents, or even suicide bombers. certainly, the 1st U.S. soldier to be killed by means of adversarial fireplace within the Afghanistan conflict was once shot in ambush via a fourteen-year-old boy.
Does this suggest that kid infantrymen are aggressors? Or are they sufferers? it really is a tricky query without noticeable solution, but in recent times the applicable resolution between humanitarian businesses and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those young children are pretty much obvious as particularly hideous examples of grownup felony exploitation.
In this provocative publication, David M. Rosen argues that this reaction tremendously oversimplifies the kid soldier challenge. Drawing on 3 dramatic examples-from Sierra Leone, Palestine, and japanese Europe through the Holocaust-Rosen vividly illustrates this debatable view. In every one case, he indicates that youngsters are usually not consistently passive sufferers, yet usually make the rational selection that now not combating is worse than battling.
With a severe eye to overseas legislation, Armies of the younger urges readers to re-evaluate the location of kid fighters in gentle of condition and historical past ahead of adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the method, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photograph of the function of kids in overseas conflicts.
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Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) by David M. Rosen