By David M. Rosen

Children have served as squaddies all through historical past. They fought within the American Revolution, the Civil struggle, 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 opposed fireplace within the Afghanistan struggle used to be shot in ambush via a fourteen-year-old boy.

Does this suggest that kid squaddies are aggressors? Or are they sufferers? it's a tough query with out noticeable resolution, but lately the applicable solution between humanitarian firms and modern students has been resoundingly the latter. those youngsters are regularly visible as particularly hideous examples of grownup legal exploitation.

In this provocative booklet, 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 through the Holocaust-Rosen vividly illustrates this debatable view. In every one case, he indicates that youngsters should not continually passive sufferers, yet usually make the rational selection that now not scuffling with is worse than scuffling with.

With a serious eye to overseas legislation, Armies of the younger urges readers to re-examine the placement of kid warring parties in gentle of situation and heritage ahead of adopting uninformed baby protectionist perspectives. within the strategy, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling photograph of the position of youngsters in foreign conflicts.

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