Advantages And Disadvantages Of Child Soldiers

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Routines are a part of the human nature. We wake up, get dressed, and carry on our day with whatever we have planned. What if your routine consisted of grabbing a glock or an Arquebus and aiming at another human being and pulling the trigger? Wake up, fight, kill, survive, sleep. That routine is something child soldiers undergo every day of their lives. Kill or be killed, they say. The disputation of child soldiers has been going on for years and years. On one side of the debate, people insist the children were under drugs and alcohol persuasion and at that age they are vulnerable and livid with fear. The opposite side alleges with the idea that yes, they are children, but what about when they grow up? Others can use their background as advantages …show more content…
¨Many children volunteer to become soldiers in wartime out of patriotism or a desire to avenge the death of their families…. Many children occupy command positions in their armed group/military and are responsible for planning or ordering the commission of war crimes and human rights abuse.” The other side defends the family suggestion but they use it in a different standpoint. You have no control where you grow up, who is your family, so why should you be punished for doing what you think is right? Going back to Khadr's case, the article The Child Soldier on Trial in Guantanamo informs, “The No. 1 reason that khadr was dangerous; his father[a senior ranking al Qaeda leader] ….Khadr’s father took him to visit al Qaeda leaders when he was 10 and to a military training camp when he was 15.” (pg. 3 para. 4) Being raised in that environment played an important role in the way he acts now. That point although twists its way back to highlight my earlier topic; growing up in this world after living there at that age. “International Criminal Court (ICC) Article 26 prevents the court from prosecuting anyone under the age of 18, but not because it believes children should be exempt from prosecution for international crimes, ‘but rather that the decision on whether to prosecute should be left to States[countries]…. [The] exclusion of children from the ICC jurisdiction avoided the argument between States[countries] on the minimum age for international crimes.” (Should Child Soldiers be Prosecuted for their Crimes? Pg. 1, para. 4) Under the age of 18, the kids can not be prosecuted because the States are in charge. USing that example, people who want to save these children say that we could make the punishment more severe than anywhere else because we are taking them from their own place and bringing them

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