From: Human Rights Watch World Report 2004 – By Jo Becker
Over the last five years, the global campaign to stop the use of child soldiers has garnered an impressive series of successes, including new international legal standards, action by the UN Security Council and regional bodies, and pledges from various armed groups and governments to end the use of child soldiers. Despite gains in awareness and better understanding of practical policies that can help reduce the use of children in war, the practice persists in at least twenty countries, and globally, the number of child soldiers about 300,000 is believed to have remained fairly constant.
From: Christian Science Monitor By Owais Tohid, Correspondent / June 22, 2011
A 9-year-old schoolgirl narrowly escaped a plot laid by her Taliban kidnappers this week in Pakistan’s northwest to use her as a suicide bomber at a military checkpoint, raising concerns about militants' intent to use children in their battles.
The girl, Sohana, was kidnapped over the weekend by two men and two burqa-clad women in Peshawar, who huddled her into the car and drove to Timargarah. That’s the largest town in Lower Dir, bordering Afghanistan, where Pakistan’s security forces launched a successful crackdown against the Taliban insurgency in 2009.
What Choices Will We Make?
From: Carpe Diem – By Michael Sullivan
Like most kids my age, growing up in the era following World War II, I played soldiers and cowboys. The inspiration for the gun and rock battles we waged in a vacant lot down the street came from the entertainment media and the general consciousness of the time: The U.S. had won World War II, cowboys had vanquished villains in the Old West, and Communism lurked out there as another thing to be conquered.
At school we were taught to duck under our flimsy wooden desks in the case of a Communist atomic bomb attack. After all, we were already fighting Commies in Korea. The thread of nuclear war seemed very real.
The idea of stopping a bullet in defense of my country seemed noble and heroic, something any red-blooded American boy was expected to do. I imagined the pride and sadness my parents would feel at the sight of my flag-draped coffin. Much of my world view at the time centered upon ideas of duty. My parents, my teachers and my country expected certain things of me. I had no choice.
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From: Israel's Messiah
Islamic Blood Ritual
Shiite Muslim Mohammed Jomahaa demonstrates how he had earlier cut the head of his son with a sword during the annual ritual to mark Ashoura Day. Islamic children are taught very early on that the letting of their blood in honor and defense of Islam is normal.
From very early childhood pro-terrorism Muslims prepare their children to bleed for the hate filled cause of Islam.
Look at the sick smile on this Muslim woman's face. How demonically possessed would a mother have to be to slice the flesh of her innocent child with a knife. Is Islam a religion sent from God or from hell?
|US waives child soldier sanctions on six nations||China Post|
WASHINGTON--Washington is releasing some US$26 million to Yemen in military aid and boosting funds to armies in five other nations, waiving sanctions imposed for recruiting child soldiers, a U.S. official said Thursday.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday fully waived sanctions and lifted bans on international military, education and training assistance to Yemen, Rwanda and Somalia applied under the Child Soldier Prevention Act, said deputy assistant secretary Michael Kozak.