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R.I.P.: Joshua Casteel - Iraq War Veteran and War Resister – Presente!
international | anti-war / imperialism | news report Thursday August 30, 2012 04:15 by Ciaron O'Reilly - Pitstop Ploughshares
After attending a workshop last Saturday by U.S. Iraq war veteran Logan Mehl-Laituri at the Greenbelt Festival/ England, I was informed that Joshua Casteel was in a very bad way with the cancer with which he has been struggling. On Sunday we learnt that Joshua had passed away.
I first met Joshua Casteel during our third Pitstop Ploughshares trial in Dublin/ Ireland in 2006. He was in town to confront Jeb Bush, then Governor of Florida / brother of George Jr., also coincidently visiting Dublin. Josh was great support to us during our trial and following our acquittal. He was intelligent, a good communicator, passionate, devout and like many veterans who have turned against the war had travelled so far in such a short ime in a deepening radical analysis of empire and war.