Closing Thought–18Nov19

Child Soldiers!

A despicable tactic in war is to use children to fight the many wars…..it happens in the Middle East and Africa.

I have written my condemnation many times….

https://lobotero.com/2019/03/08/closing-thought-08mar19/  (This post has other references to this situation)

I bring all this up yet again because of something I read that I found to be reprehensible…..

There are laws that the US has signed onto that attempts to punish those that employ children to fight wars……

The White House recently announced the US was granting full or partial waivers to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) to Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

For the third straight year, President Donald Trump has issued waivers to a law that prohibits US military assistance to nations whose armies or proxy militias include children among their ranks.

The White House recently announced the US was granting full or partial waivers to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) to Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, seven of the 11 nations identified in the State Department’s 2019 Trafficking In Persons Report (TIP) as being eligible for sanction under the law. CSPA, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, prohibits US military aid and arms sales to countries whose armed forces recruit, conscript, employ or enslave children under the age of 18. The law contains a provision granting the president the authority to issue full or partial waivers if it is determined that doing so serves the US national interest, and if the country in question has taken steps to end the use of child soldiers.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/01/9th-straight-year-us-grants-waivers-countries-violating-anti-child-soldier-law

This news is pathetic and makes me sick.

And Trump is NOT the only president to turn his back on this law…..Obama is just as guilty.

Not to worry you will probably NEVER hear a word from the MSM about this pathetic policy…..

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8 thoughts on “Closing Thought–18Nov19

  1. Reminds of one of my 11th graders some 30 years ago. Often teens of one ethnic group try to bully those of a different group. In this case a boy from Nicaragua told me that several black kids were trying to push him around. He said “Mr D you better tell these guys to leave me alone. I was in the army when I was only ten years old and have killed a lot of soldiers. They don’t know who they are messing with.” I spoke to other other kids and gave them the bio info. The harassment stopped. Recalled near the end of the Confederacy much of the remaining soldiers were very young boys and very old men.

      1. Yes, it was heavily reported on the BBC. The suggestion is that the lawyer was stuck off so they could throw out the cases he was representing.

  2. First I had to look in dictionary because I didn’t know the exact meaning of the word ‘waiver’

    And yes, it means what I assumed.

    In my opinion it isn’t strange the US does this, every time it fits their agenda, they corrupt a law or agreement.

    I could never grasp, and still don’t grasp that a US president has the power to interfere in domestic and international situations without any democratic process.

    To much power in the hands of one man.

    The waivers circumvent parts of the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act, which is meant to block certain kinds of military assistance.

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