By David M. Rosen
Children have served as infantrymen all through background. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil conflict, and in either international wars. They served as uniformed infantrymen, camouflaged insurgents, or even suicide bombers. certainly, the 1st U.S. soldier to be killed by means of adversarial fireplace within the Afghanistan conflict used to be 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 tricky query without noticeable resolution, but lately the appropriate solution between humanitarian firms and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those young ones are pretty much obvious as specifically hideous examples of grownup legal 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 throughout the Holocaust-Rosen vividly illustrates this arguable view. In every one case, he exhibits that kids usually are not continually 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 reassess the location of kid opponents in mild of situation and heritage prior to adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the technique, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photo of the function of youngsters 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