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Friday, March 24, 2006

What an extraordinary story.

Famed Conscientious Objector Doss Dies

via the Redneck Texan

It reminds F and me of Mary Renault's The Charioteers. It's sometimes billed as a "gay love story" (and apparently is disappointing to readers when they read it expecting that) but there's a sub-plot about the Quaker noncombatants during WWII who signed on as army medics and whose lives were made hell by those who resented the fact that they were not fighting. We couldn't have liberated Europe from the Nazis, nor those Jews who managed to survive the camps until we got there, if we hadn't gone in and fought; on the other hand, one has to wonder what would happen if they gave a war and nobody came.

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