The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.2023 Thursday, 8 December 2005
Date: Wednesday, 7 Dec 2005 17:58:19 -0500
Subject: Former Soldier Cites H5
All in the Family
Returning soldiers and their spouses, parents, and children are the
backbone of the antiwar movement spreading today in the United States.
And they're speaking louder than ever.
By Nan Levinson | November 13, 2005
Much as Iraq vets may have appreciated the hate-the-war-love-the-warrior
stance of this new antiwar movement, now that they have returned to
civilian life, some are eager to speak for themselves. At 25, Joseph
Turcotte of Derry, New Hampshire, is that state's youngest member of
Veterans for Peace and also one of a handful of IVAW members in New
England. . . .
Turcotte is a reader - the bedroom of his tiny apartment is dominated by
a bursting bookcase - and his reading had made him skeptical about the
need for war, he says. Still, he echoes other soldiers as he explains,
"When you're out there, the only thing relevant is staying alive and
making sure everyone comes home." Turcotte has thought hard about what
he and his fellow soldiers do. "`Every subject's duty is the King's, but
every subject's soul is his own,' " he quotes from Henry V. "I don't
blame the individual soldiers. As far as they can't control where they
are, I think that their souls are safe. But for the men who sent them, I
think they're finding out that there's going to be hell to pay for it."
Courtesy of Scott Newstock.
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