Along with Chad, which is 53% Muslim, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Who will these child soldiers in Sudan and Yemen be fighting against? Will they be participating in the Sudanese government’s jihad against non-Arab Muslims in Darfur and Christians in the southern part of the country? Will they be participating in jihad activity in Yemen? The administration is saying that this waiver is designed to give them more time to change their practices, but that seems counterintuitive: if Obama wants them to change their practices, why is he making it easier for them not to do so? And how is this conceivably in the “national interests of the United States”? Obama-Is-Not-A-Muslim, But-He-Sure-Is-Working-Hard-To-Make-Us-Think-He-Is-One Alert: “US waiving penalties for use of child soldiers,” from AP, October 29 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move criticized by human rights organizations, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act.
In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama said he had determined that “it is in the national interest of the United States” to waive application of the law to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. He instructed Clinton to submit the decision to the Congress with a written justification for the move.
Obama’s memo, released by the White House on Monday, did not include the justification. Administration officials have said, however, that cutting off military aid to those four countries as required by the law would do more harm than good. And they have said that continuing close cooperation with them can be a more effective way of changing their practices.
Jo Becker, children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, said Obama had supported the legislation when he was in the Senate….