Should Children be used in espionage?
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Espionage is a very serious offense if caught. People have been sentenced to death for this. Should you really put a little kid in this kind of danger? On top of that, children probably don't have the ability to comprehend or understand top-secret government information. Essentially you'd just be using the child as a tool without the child actually knowing that he/she is involved in espionage.
I do agree about the offense of being caught. I never really thought of that.
My main point of contention rested on a relatively young child engaging in espionage simply because he wouldn't be able to fully comprehend the information or consequences if caught. Thus rendering the impressionable child as a tool of someone else's bidding.
It's a bit late in the debate to clarify what constitutes as a child because it's highly subjective. Further, I don't believe that a child 10 years old could fully comprehend the consequences of espionage. Why else would we try an adult different from a juvenile for a crime? The answer rests in the individual's capacity to fully understand the consequences of his/her actions.
Since a child likely cannot fully comprehend the consequences of his/her actions, children should not be used in espionage. For if they didn't fully understand, they'd simply be used a tool for someone elses bidding and be subjected to severe consequences: death.
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Vote Placed by iamanatheistandthisiswhy 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con made better arguments. Overall the debate needed more arguments laid out in a logical manner. Essentially Pro also conceded a point by saying he had not thought about the consequences of been caught. For future purposes Pro, try define everything in the first round.
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