By David M. Rosen
Children have served as infantrymen all through background. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil struggle, and in either global wars. They served as uniformed infantrymen, camouflaged insurgents, or even suicide bombers. certainly, the 1st U.S. soldier to be killed by way of antagonistic hearth 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 tough query without noticeable solution, but in recent times the applicable resolution between humanitarian companies and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those young children are ordinarilly noticeable as specifically hideous examples of grownup felony exploitation.
In this provocative ebook, 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 arguable view. In each one case, he indicates that kids should not constantly passive sufferers, yet frequently make the rational determination that now not combating is worse than scuffling with.
With a severe eye to foreign legislations, Armies of the younger urges readers to re-evaluate the location of kid warring parties in gentle of situation and background sooner than adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the strategy, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photo of the position of kids in foreign conflicts.
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Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) by David M. Rosen