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Season 2005 Episode 0125

Children at War

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Children at War
Children at War examines the use of children as soldiers in more than three-quarters of the world's conflict. P.W. Singer, an internationally recognized expert on 21st-century warfare, shows how changes in weapons technology, combined with a breakdown of global order, have made this new kind of war possible. Singer's book looks at how children have been used in the war on terror, how they have been indoctrinated to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, how Saddam Hussein created the "Ashbal Saddam" (Saddam's Lion Cubs) made up of boys between the ages of 10 and 15, and how the Taliban came to power in the Afghan civil war by raiding Pakistani madrassahs (Islamic Schools) and taking young refugees as soldiers. The author calls on Western armies to prepare themselves for facing children in battle and makes clear how we can reverse this horrific phenomenon.moreless

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