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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Taliban and US Military Find Common Ground

A US military commander announced today, with a little smugness, than the Taliban is recruiting kids because its forces are depleted.

"They have been hit so hard they now have to recruit more fighters. They are recruiting younger younger fighters: 14, 15 and 16 years old," Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya told The Associated Press in an interview. "The enemy is having a hard time keeping its recruit rates up."

An odd boast, considering our own country's problems filling the ranks of its armed forces. The problem is so bad that the US military is reaching out to younger and younger kids, using video games to make the military seem fun, and using deceptive and intimidating tactics to convince people to sign up.

On either side, bring kids into this conflict is a crime against nature. We shouldn't criticize their side when we do the same thing.


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