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Re: DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0202  Wednesday, 5 February 2003

[1]     From:   Alan J. Sanders <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Feb 2003 09:01:18 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0190 DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5

[2]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Feb 2003 10:09:45 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0190 DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5


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From:           Alan J. Sanders <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Feb 2003 09:01:18 -0500
Subject: 14.0190 DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0190 DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5

Is this really the view of the campaign led by Henry V?  That his war
with the French was unnecessary and unjustified?  Or is this attempt to
demoralize the modern military in light of Iraq?  I personally find
Shakespeare's work in this instance to be both inspiring and
encouraging.  The fact that the play is crafted more like a screenplay
for a modern film, than a stageplay for the Elizabethan stage is a
testament to Shakespeare's imagination and brilliance.  It would be a
shame to think that this forum would be relegated to using the bard as a
tool for advancing a climate of appeasement.  No one likes war.  It is
dangerous.  It is bloody.  But to play the ostrich is far worse and
leads only to more loss and more misery.

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Feb 2003 10:09:45 -0500
Subject: 14.0190 DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0190 DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5

Richard Burt said:

>Among the books being given by the Defense Department to soldiers is
>Shakespeare's "Henry V," in which the king leads his nation into a
>dangerous, unnecessary and unjustified war.

I think we should say rather that "a sovereign is manipulated into
leading his nation into a dangerous, unnecessary and unjustified
war in which significant war crimes are committed, the manipulation
being done by cynics who don't think the sovereign is very bright."

Dana Shilling

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