It was revealed last week that during 2003-4 the British army sent fifteen 17-year olds to fight in Iraq.
Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq spoke to Socialist Worker about the scandal. Rose said, “The Ministry of Defence are saying that they made a mistake sending these children to war – how can it be a mistake?
“These are children who can’t vote, can’t go to the pub – but the government is quite willing to let them die in Iraq.
“Parents have to sign a form for children under 18 to join the army. The army takes over the responsibility of guardianship. What kind of guardian would send a child to war?”