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    Child Soldiers: The Misleading Title of the Week

    In a recent article by Sally from Saar entitled "Child Soldiers in Bahrain", she talks about the latest string of violence in Bahrain that took the lives of 3 (or maybe 4) police.

    What happened to those police is horrible and was condemned from every thinkable nation and group possible. Al Wefaq even released a statement condemning the attack. Despite conspiracies floating around regarding the details of police deaths, something that strikes as odd is that many people continually circulate a photo which shows four policemen as killed in Daih. Why? By this being circulated and no one trying to correct it, weight is given to the conspiracy theories about the deaths of these police. Also, two of the police killed were Pakistani yet little mention of them or their families. The focus has been on the Emirati killed....large payout to his family, mosque being inaugurated in his name. Then we have a report of Bahrain giving two houses to the family of a Bahraini officer killed...This then raises the legitimate question as to whether there were three of four officers killed.

    The next subject Sally talks about in this post is child soldiers. The title itself is beyond misleading. Obviously, Sally has no idea of what a child soldier is. Is she unaware of how children are abducted from their homes in war torn countries and abused and brainwashed into becoming emotionless killing machines? Has she no knowledge of the past events in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, CAR, DRC and other countries throughout Africa? To equate children that accompany their parents to peaceful protests as child soldiers is quite a low tactic and extremely distasteful. The subject of child soldiers is something that shouldn't be taken lightly, a subject that shouldn't be thrown around so loosely.

    It is still unclear how the young boys mentioned here were injured. Reports from some say the children were playing with a sound grenade that exploded. Others say it was a bomb that detonated before the boys reached their destination. And then others say that the boys were asked by masked men to deposit explosives. Whatever the circumstances, it is deplorable that these young boys were injured and may suffer lifelong consequences.

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