They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children
| Book Review
November 10, 2010 – At HealthAchieve 2010, Romeo Dallaire presented on the topic of leadership and shared with his audience of 2500 the dilemma of facing child soldiers with guns in the heat of battle.
The Globe and Mail has reviewed his book (They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children) on this impossible dilemma and it starts like this . . .
As the military trial of Omar Khadr concluded this week, with all sides still hotly at odds over whether he was a child soldier at the time of his detention (reader's caveat: my own position on this is squarely in the affirmative), enter Roméo Dallaire with They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children.
The retired lieutenant-general, Canadian senator and national icon strips away the usually emotionally laden language surrounding child soldiers and argues that they are an effective, efficient and morally repugnant weapons system – “Tools used by adults to wage war,” the central metaphor of his book – which, with concerted effort, can be dismantled.
They Fight Like Soldiers is a sobering look at the systematic failures of peacekeepers, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, governments, militaries and policy-makers to effectively deal with the pervading abuse of children in combat. For a full review of this book from the Globe and Mail please click here.
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children:
The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers,
by Romeo Dallaire (with Jessica Dee Humphries), Random House Canada, 307 pages, $34.95
Romeo Dallaire on his new book (video)