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Prince Harry on the Front Line

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Posted on Feb 28, 2008
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A critique often leveled at those who wage wars is that they don’t belong to the class of citizens whose children go to fight them. Not so in the case of England’s royals, as 23-year-old Prince Harry has been fighting (albeit by choice) on the front line in Afghanistan, giving him the chance, he says, to be “a normal person for once.”


BBC:

Prince Harry - a member of the Household Cavalry - has been based in a former madrassa along with a Gurkha regiment, in southern Helmand.

He is acting as a tactical air controller - calling up allied air cover in support of ground forces.

He also goes out on foot patrols.

In an interview while in the Afghan province, Harry talked about life as a soldier on the front line.

“I haven’t really had a shower for four days, I haven’t washed my clothes for a week.

“It’s very nice to be sort of a normal person for once, I think it’s about as normal as I’m going to get.

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 4, 2008 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

Actually, it was alrady reported months ago that he was in Afghanistan last year. Then they simply waited for everyone to forget…. and put it on us that it was “new” news….

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By Maani, February 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

“Prince Harry On the Front Line”

Not any more!  As of late Fri evening, they had him “recalled,” stating that they feared for his safety now that the news was out.

What an obvious PR gimmick!

Peace.

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By C Quil, February 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

“...that the queen hoped…”

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By C Quil, February 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

Harry said that his grandmother told him to go. My nasty little mind immediately came up with the idea that the queen’s hoped he would be blasted to smithereens while he was there. No more falling down drunk (for Harry, I mean) outside clubs in London, no more Nazi regalia at parties, no more spats with his rich South African girlfriend, no more questions about his parentage. Ah - blessed peace.

And news reports said that he killed 30 “Taliban”. Now - THAT’s something to be proud of. Not 29 or 31 but exactly 30. Interesting.

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By Sue Cook, February 29, 2008 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

Harry is just looking for a small glimpse of a life that all of us normals take for granted.

It’s pretty sad to say the least that he feels joy and peace being on the frontlines of any war in lieu of facing relentless press coverage of him on a day to day basis.

If by being there, makes him feel like a “normal” person for even just a little while, than so what?  Leave him be!

Leave it to the annoying press to take that away from him just to fill space on the frontpage of newspapers and online news sites hoping it will merit ratings.  Shame on them!

Huh, as if they can actually feel shame.

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By Bluestocking, February 29, 2008 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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Prince Harry deserves at least a little credit for being a child of privilege who apparently volunteered to serve overseas in his country’s war.  Granted, it seems very unlikely that he’s being subjected to exactly the same conditions (and risks) as his fellow comrades-in-arms—the report is that he’s already being shipped back to England as a result of a leak in the press—but at least he made the gesture, and by choice.  How many children of privilege here in the US can say the same—especially the children of the chickenhawks who supported the war?  As an example, when are the Bush twins going to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan?  Yeah, right—never, that’s when.

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By msgmi, February 29, 2008 at 8:49 am Link to this comment
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The British royalty has information from a reliable world power ally source that all Taliban operatives are targeting Harry and suspending all insurgency operations. IMO, Harry should have trained to be a pilot like his dad, fly a sortie, drop a few cluster bombs and return to base. Not much exposure up in the air. I wonder if GI Joe’s Mom could get her son/daughter out of the combat zone by getting GW to intercede. Probably not, since GI Joe’s Mom has no lineage for such consideration. Her potential sacrifice is deemed more worthy.

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By ANN, February 28, 2008 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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These images are so different from the sensitive youngster who came to look at those flowers left by people at the gates of KP as a testimonial to the high esteem and love his mother was held in by “the people”...his mother, “the people’s princess”; later he broke down and cried when Elton started his beautiful, haunting rendition of “candle in the wind”; these pictures here show a young man, eager to go and kill and as he puts it welcomes this chance at killing “to have a chance to feel real…like a normal man”. Really? I believe he like all his family, the royals, loves blood sports, period. He, like all of them lusts for a chance to kill. And, like all of them he is ignorant, conceited and arrogant to see that the “real” reason his country is fighting there, is to grab the OIL. What a shameful twist this life took…what a pity for so much potential TO DO GOOD going down the t***et or should I say l*o?

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By David A. Burack, USA, February 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment
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Why the big media flap, and why now do they have to rush Harry back to the safety of his castle? I’m not from a monarchical country (not yet, anyway), but it was my impression from a reading of history that monarchs and princes earned their right to rule by rushing out to the vanguard of battle in FRONT of all their troops. Exposure to danger is what these aristocrats are SUPPOSED to be doing, isn’t it?

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By francis, February 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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Harry ??????? you beleive he is on the front line ???
what was he shooting at ?????? who is gonna say a bad word from his command ????? and she is gonna let her grand child get killed ????? foot patroles aye to the pub !!!!!!!! hasen`t showered for 4 days washed clothes for a week my heart bleeds try africa they are doin a lot better…..

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By Douglas Chalmers, February 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

Why are you there? To get into as many firefights as you can with vastly superior weaponry and have as much fun as possible from the thrill of killing people.

When it starts to get serious, you call in the airforce to deal with things. After all, the enemy is only on the ground. Murderers “serving their country”, uhh.

Who cares about you or your precious throne? The last legitimate monarch in Britain (a Scottish woman) was murdered by the barren English queen who had no heirs.

A miserable race made up of the bastard sons of Roman soldiers, Norman and Viking invaders and Saxon scum, the English then had to import a “royal family” from Germany on contract.

This kid’s grandfather is Greek, not English, and his grandmother’s family were the Battenburgs and so forth prior to WW1…..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountbatten-Windsor

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By Ron, February 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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Prince Harry should be watching his back more than “THE FRONT” while questions of possible DNA tests are in the wind…

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By Bruce, February 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not sure if being a soldier requires being a dimwit.  I don’t think this is a general shortcoming because I’ve read some very erudite stuff on the web emanating from military personal.  But, how do you sum up the purpose for our presence there?  If a Martian spaceship could pick up all the chatter on earth and use advanced programs (perhaps human brain-reading programs and such) to sort out what the REAL (and actual) purpose is, I think they would come to one conclusion.  Oil.  So, to Prince Harry,  all I can say is:  Why are you there?

If it is to improve the lives of the Afghani people in face of the horrible, nasty Taliban why is it that “coaltion” forces have killed more civilians in Afhg. than the Taliban have?

Perhaps death is an improvement under any system.  Well, Good Luck Prince Harry, and hope you have a jolly time of it all.  Perhaps we could meet in the pub afterwards?  I view it mostly as a sort of military practise session, or exercise if you will, having no real objective as such, but with lots of dead bodies in its wake.

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By Aegrus, February 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

Good on him. More men of privilege should be so bold.

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By QuyTran, February 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

I don’t beleive it !

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