One thing which many Iranians want to deny is the use of child soldiers during the Iran Iraq war. Children were used to clear minefields during the Iran Iraq war, my cousin was a child soldier and he saw it with his own eyes. He lost both his legs, his left arm and his right eye clearing a minefield.
Yes, it is true that children were not forced to fight in the front and in some battalions some of the officers refused to send the child volunteers over the top BUT, children were still used in the great defence. It is naive to argue the point that a child of 10 years old can make his own logical decision. Children of that age are easy influenced and manipulated.
I come from a family who sacrificed two members on the front and more than 10 in bombings in Kurdistan by the Iraqis. When my father was a teacher he remembers clearly when members of the Basij came to his school to recruit children to the front promising them heaven if they became shaheed. My father went up to one of the Basijis and asked him; "do you have any children?" The Basiji replied; "Yes I do, I have 3 sons and 1 daughter". My father then asked him; "How old is the oldest one?" The Basiji replied "11" and my father asked him "do you think you're 11 year old son is responsible enough for you to let him out of your house, for him to fend for himself, to find work, feed himself, pay his rent, pay his bills and be safe all by himself?" The Basij replied "Of course not! He is only 11!" My father then asked him "How would you feel if they just announced that your son had been captured by the Iraqis and was getting raped, tortured and was then killed? The Basiji went white in the face and couldn't reply. My father told him "Just the thought of these happening to your child is killing you. How can you expect your 11 year old son to make his own logical decision to fight at the front? You yourself cannot stomach your own son going to the front, so why are you here trying to recruit my students to fight for the front. Stop recruiting, you are of strong mental and physical state to volunteer yourself to go to the front. You have completed 2 years of military training in the Shah's army, why are you not there at the front?" The Basij didn't reply and left the school.
The next day my father was arrested for anti-IRI activities, because he dissuaded the Basiji from brainwashing children to fight in our sacred war. 13 year old Iranian fights against Saddam in the Iran-Iraq WarIranians' Patriotism During Iran- Iraq War14 year old Iranian soldier ([url=http://www.IranNegah.com]www.IranNegah.com
A child begging to volunteer for the front and being dissuaded by fellow Iranians who had enough sense that the front line was not the place of a child;Iranian Child Begging to Volunteer in Iran-Iraq War