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Are You Willing to Help Child Soldiers in Africa who Have Been Abducted?

Do you think it's neccesary to try to do something about the child soldiers being abducted in Africa?


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I think we should try to do something about it. It would be a good way to show that we care about what's happening. "But would it really change anything?" I like to ask myself. It might but the rapid change, probably wouldn't be very noticable at first. But I'm sure that eventually we could achieve something.

Child Soldiers in Africa
Side: All for it
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It is a real shame and such but no point trying to help. Western intervention may make things much worse you can not apply modern western technologies like the wonderful gun to a more primitive government, it is like give the atomic bomb to a cave man.

So if you go half and half you just screw an underdeveloped nation up. Most countries develop over hundreds of years as technology advances the government and infrastructure does to. Sorry for sounding borderline racist but this is a point. When Europe took control of countries in Africa they applied a new type of government which was much more organized and fitted well with the technology. Unfortunately control was given up to soon and some countries were messed up. An example is the British government returning sovereignty to a country and the leader spent 1/3 of the country buget on his coronation.------Sorry for the bad grammar rant.

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No, I am not willing to do so. I would be more than willing to go to Africa, maybe explore the Congo or cross the Sahara, but I most definitely would not waste my time on any ill-conceived humanitarian mission. I do not believe that there is anything inherently evil or sinister in the child soldier, the traditions of which date back three thousand years. A child, helpless, snatched from the protection of his mother, given a gun, and ordered to kill; it is not a pretty sight, but such may be the way of life in war zones. If they haven't the guns, then they may very well be on the other side, the ones being shot. People, Americans, specifically, get it into their mind that something evil is going on in a foreign land and determine to stop it, not thinking more than one step at a time.

Side: No

I agree. It seems that us western folk try to apply our own situations and ideals in places where they have an entirely different structure. It is silly to think that a person, me or you, or anyone else, could rationally think of a solution to a problem we have no experience of dealing with.

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A similar case is the one of the plighted, impoverished child laborer. Most Americans, I would think, insist that we must go to India and find these people and stop it. Free the Children is the only NGO I can recall off hand that deals specifically with this, but it is flawed. Not just Free the Children, but the entire American (well, North American -- Free the Children was founded by a Canadian teen) mindset needs to change. The last generations, the post-WWII generations, they've never truly suffered adversity. Vietnam, maybe, but even from Vietnam were they far removed. They've, we've, never struggled for anything, how can we appreciate anything? How can we truly even begin to grasp the conditions ongoing in, say, India and Thailand when we have ourselves never experienced anything one-one hundredth as dire. In regards to child labor, many of these children are forced to work because, without it, they'd be dead, starved. Americans don't seem able to grasp that anymore.

Side: No