The Taser's Edge

Soldiers of Conscience

Apparently this PBS documentary, “Soldiers of Conscience”, came out a couple years ago.  I never heard about it until today, when the Ekklesia Project blog pointed me to America magazine’s set of excerpted interviews.  Those excerpts are well worth watching, and I’m working on tracking down the film itself, as the DVD is dang expensive.

From the official website:

Soldiers of Conscience is a dramatic window on the dilemma of individual U.S. soldiers in the current Iraq War – when their finger is on the trigger and another human being is in their gun-sight. Made with cooperation from 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 – a split-second decision in combat that can never be forgotten or undone.