Monday, June 04, 2007

The Trouble With Being Harry

Is that he promised his lads he would be with them in Basara but low and behold he is too special so he gets sent to Medicine Hat while his lads get sent to the meat grinder of Iraq.

Prince Harry training at Alberta military base

Of course there is talk that because he is at Suffield base in Medicine Hat, training ground for the Afghan mission and Canada's version of Area 51, he is going to Afghanistan. Sure, like he was going to Iraq.

Prince Harry may yet fulfil his desire to serve in a war zone - in Afghanistan rather than Iraq. Last month, military chiefs decided almost at the last minute that Harry, third in line to the throne, could not go to Iraq with his regiment, the Blues and Royals. The Army Chief of Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, said the prince had been the target of specific threats, exposing "not only him, but also those around him, to a degree of risk that I now deem unacceptable".

The Blues and Royals are now deploying to Iraq without Cornet, or 2nd Lieutenant, Wales. According to reports last week, however, Army commanders are considering sending him to Afghanistan instead, where he might join a small group of fellow officers training the Afghan army.

But is Afghanistan any less dangerous? Last week two British soldiers were killed in Helmand province, where most of Britain's 6,500 troops are stationed. A third, who died the previous week, was named.

As a great Brit once wrote; "All animals are created, equal but some animals are more equal than others". Especially if they are Royals.

Perhaps he could dress up for the occasion of his deployment.

In 2005 he made a most foolish mistake when he attended a private fancy-dress party in the uniform of an Afrika Korps officer with the accessory of a Nazi armband.

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