22:53tt.05.10tt.05.10Children Killers or Misguided YouthThroughout history, many different military groups have led children into harm’sway with rifle and drum. Beginning with the Greeks and continuing into the Middle East,all over the world, and some forms are even used today in advanced nations like theUnited States and United Kingdom. Examples of this practice can even be seen in the bible where David swears allegiance to King Saul. Another instance dating back toantiquity was the when men would take their children on campaign together with the restof the family as part of baggage. In one instance, The Battle of Agincourt the retainersand children of the English army were slaughtered by the French.In Ancient Greece, Spartans would use young boys as young as 7 were taken fromtheir homes for military training. The film 300 glorifies this and yet the thought wouldturn even the most militaristic modern American to do such a thing to their own child. Inthe Middle East, the Ottoman Empire kidnapped young Christian boys and brainwashedthem into loyalty to the Sultan. Using the term Janissaries these young boys were used to be scouts and spies. The Muslim religion prohibits the use of children under the age of 15yet has no protections for Christians or Jews. In the “Western World,” the British navyuntil the 20
century used young boys as aids on their Navy vessels.In the battle of Waterloo, children were leading Napoleon’s army into the initialattack only to be gunned down by Allied soldiers. In 1827, Jewish boys known asCantonist were forced into military training establishments to serve in the army. Theenlistment age was 18, however children as young as 8 were routinely used to fulfill thehard quota.