As a father, this picture horrified and deeply affected me. This is never acceptable. I do believe there are things worth fighting for. Defending your country from invasion is one. Thankfully, I live in a giant, un-occupiable country, separated from most of the world by massive oceans, and defended by the world’s most powerful navy, 5,000 nukes, and forty million gun owners. There exists no plausible existential threat to my country. That being said, I do understand that ones home is worth fighting for, but if that fight requires the enlistment of children, then the fight is already lost.