Hapless youngsters as young as six years old are being used by the Taliban in suicide missions, according to NATO forces, The Guardian is reporting.
In one recent case,
The boy was spotted after appearing confused at a checkpoint. The vest was defused and no one was hurt. “They placed explosives on a six-year-old boy and told him to walk up to the Afghan police or army and push the button,” said Captain Michael Cormier, the company commander who intercepted the child, in a statement. “Fortunately, the boy did not understand and asked patrolling officers why he had this vest on.”
The rules of military engagement are easily muddied when a child poses a direct threat, he explained. “What we do if we identify the fact that an adult is wearing a suicide vest is we use whatever force we deem necessary to protect the lives of our soldiers and any civilians. Of course it makes it more difficult – it’s a six year-old child.”
Un. be. lievable.
How do we win against such savagery?