Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Henry V
A key moment in the play is compared to the USA's current attitude towards Iraq: "When Shakespeare's Good King Harry was at war in France, and had an old drinking buddy hanged for robbing a church, he knew how much he would need the support of the populace if he were to hold his claim to rule that land, and how little it would take to lose it. The United States does not seek, we are told, to rule Iraq. But if Iraq is to be ruled by anyone friendly to the West -- or, perhaps, by anyone at all -- the reports of grotesque tortures committed against Iraqi prisoners by American and British forces must be dealt with firmly and openly."


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