Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism
"No thinking person, no media commentator, no political leader can afford to be without this book--not if they care about the truth and want to understand one of the more awful realities of our time. It will stir you to action on behalf of the world's vulnerable children." --Phyllis Chesler, author of The New Anti-Semitism Children have served as soldiers throughout history. They fought in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and in both world wars. They served as uniformed soldiers, camouflaged insurgents, and even suicide bombers. Indeed, the first U.S. soldier to be killed by hostile fire in the Afghanistan war was shot in ambush by a fourteen-year-old boy. Does this mean that child soldiers are agressors? Or are they victims? It is a difficult question with no obvious answer, yet in recent years the acceptable answer among humanitarian organizations and contemporary scholars has been resoundingly the latter. These children are most often seen as especially hideous examples of adult criminal exploitation. In this provocative book, David M. Rosen argues that this response vastly oversimplifies the child soldier problem. Drawing on three dramatic examples--from Sierra Leone, Palestine, and Eastern Europe during the Holocaust--Rosen vividly illustrates this controversial view. In each case, he shows that children are not always passive victims, but often make the rational decision that not fighting is worse than fighting. With a critical eye to international law, Armies of the Young urges readers to reconsider the situation of child combatants in light of circumstance and history before adopting uninformed child protectionist views. In the process, Rosen paints a memorable and unsettling picture of the role of children in international conflicts. David M. Rosen is a professor of anthropology and law at Fairleigh Dickinson University. A volume in The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies, edited by Myra Bluebond-Langner, Rutgers University, Camden.
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In this provocative analysis of child soldiers, Rosen (anthropology & law, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.) reveals that the traditional humanitarian view of child soldiers as victims oversimplifies a complex problem. In three critically reasoned case analyses of child soldiers (serving as Jewish partisans during World War II, in the ten-year Sierra Leone civil war, and as Palestinian terrorists), Rosen draws on his own experiences, as well as first-hand accounts, to challenge readers to reconsider the situation of child combatants in light of circumstances and historical context before adopting uninformed child protectionist views. Showing that different cultures define when it is appropriate for youth to become soldiers, Rosen analyzes factors that contribute to the existence of child soldiers, including the assumption that modern warfare is especially cruel, the lightweight weapon that make it easier for children to bear arms, and how vulnerable children become soldiers because they are manipulated by unscrupulous adults. But Rosen's solidly researched perspective on this global problem indicates that in many cases children become soldiers as the only way to survive. Concluding with an analysis of international law regarding child soldiers, Rosen separates humanitarian issues from political ones, wisely reminding readers that pronouncing blanket immunity for anyone below age eighteen from prosecution for war crimes falls short of achieving justice for the victims of war. Highly recommended for university libraries supporting international law, public policy, and family and children studies.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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