News and Notes: Soldiers of Conscience making PBS debut


A documentary (see excerpted clip above) that explores the inner moral and spiritual struggles of soldiers in wartime makes its national debut tonight on PBS at 9 p.m. eastern time.

From the plot synopsis on PBS’s Point of View Web site:

Soldiers of Conscience is a dramatic window on the dilemma of individual U.S. soldiers in the current Iraq war ā€” when their finger is on the trigger and another human being is in their gunsight. Made with cooperation of the U.S. Army and narrated by Peter Coyote, the film profiles eight American soldiers, including four who decide not to kill, and become conscientious objectors and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary. The film reveals all of them wrestling with the morality of killing in war, not as a philosophical problem, but as soldiers experience it ā€” a split-second decision in combat that can never be forgotten or undone.


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