By David M. Rosen
Children have served as infantrymen all through heritage. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil warfare, 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 through antagonistic hearth within the Afghanistan battle used to be shot in ambush by way of a fourteen-year-old boy.
Does this suggest that kid infantrymen are aggressors? Or are they sufferers? it truly is a tricky query without noticeable solution, but in recent times the applicable solution between humanitarian firms and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those youngsters are more often than not obvious as particularly hideous examples of grownup legal exploitation.
In this provocative ebook, 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 indicates that kids aren't consistently passive sufferers, yet frequently make the rational choice that now not battling is worse than struggling with.
With a serious eye to overseas legislations, Armies of the younger urges readers to reassess the location of kid fighters in gentle of condition and heritage prior to adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the strategy, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photo of the position 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