Children Armies

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“‘I know, you’ve been here a year, you think these people are normal.  Well, they’re not.  We’re not.  I look in the library, I call up books on my desk.  Old ones, because they won’t let us have anything new, but I’ve got a pretty good idea what children are, and we’re not children.  Children can lose sometimes and nobody cares.  Children aren’t in armies, they aren’t commanders, they don’t rule over forty other kids, it’s more than anybody can take and not get a little crazy’” (Card, 118).


I think that it’s just pathetic that someone had to actually go and look up what children are and what they’re supposed to do and not do.  But then I sit and remember where they are and what they’re being trained to do and I remember that they’re being trained for battle - to fight a demon that may or may not exist.  At this point, I’m not even sure the buggers exist anymore.  These “children” are being transformed into soldiers to fight and kill; they’re not playing ball or pretending to kill things, as children are wont to do.  They’re being trained to actually go out and there and kill, and it’s despicable.  I understand wanting to protect civilization and the human race, but do people really have to train children to do it for them?

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