Trust Sting with his Big Ideas to pen a song with a narrative spanning nearly 1,000 years!
The Children’s Crusade goes back to the 13th century, with Catholic efforts to rid the Holy Land of Muslims. Historians continue to work out whether this movement was solely kids doing the expunging, but Sting draws the larger picture of children throughout time being used for political purposes. This includes young soldiers dying in the First World War, right up to the date of his tune, 1985, with kids selling drugs. The reference to poppies as both for Remembrance and heroin is both artful and chilling.
According to the organization, Child Soldiers International, thousands of kids continue to fight in armed conflicts. A lack of consent typically is in play.