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Posted 4/26/07 , edited 4/26/07
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070426/en_afp/britainroyalsharry

This is an article from the yahoo news. Basically talks about the British prince, Harry, (third in line to the throne) and his military career. Apparently he was deployed to Iraq despite the obvious set backs of sending somebody of his status onto the battlefields.


So, what are your thoughts on the matter? I almost find this to be a form of necessary prejudice. Some may call it discrimination against blue-bloods, however I don’t think they should allow royalty to serve on the battlefields. Why? Because it places his fellow soldiers in extra danger, and gives the enemy a chance to capture a powerful bartering chip. Then again, throughout most of history, kings and leaders have served with their men. Some benefits to this would be that it destroys the illusion that the leaders are, “Sipping their wines and eating their stake” in the soldier’s mind. It also encourages them to fight better and work harder.

I don’t know. I guess it would be unfair to Harry to say he couldn’t fight. None the less, there are times when fascist behaviors are necessary for a government. I think perhaps letting him go to Iraq is the morally right thing to do, but not necessarily the correct thing to do. It’s quite risky, don’t you think?

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Posted 4/26/07
Not like it really matters, they are never going to put him in the frontline. Its like Elvis. They let him serve for a short while and send him back.
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I have no idea what you just said but....but notthing
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What? Prince of Persia?
Posted 4/26/07
Why not? The doll war is coming 2 an end..

I wouldn't even call it a war, Its just meaningless killing 4 some oil..


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Posted 4/26/07
well, england has a history of their kings participating in the military and the war itself, so i'm all for him going out there.
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Why not? The doll war is coming 2 an end..

I wouldn't even call it a war, Its just meaningless killing 4 some oil


Maybe, but recently Britan has been taken a considerable deal more losses than usuall. Read the article.
Posted 4/26/07
I don't agree with the war,

but, I do agree with sending Harry into combat, he is a member of the armed forces, he should be treated like any other member of the armed forces, his background and tradition make no difference. If he wants to become King, and to be a good King, it is worth him having some experience of "the horrors of war" as well.

Do the enemy plan on capturing him? Yeah maybe, but that's his problem, and he's worth just as much to me (as a British citizen) as any other British citizen, I think if insurgents wanted to capture a hostage they'd go for a more accessable one anyway. All he's doing is manning a reconissance patrol in a pretty quite area (according to the BBC)
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Posted 4/26/07
does it really matter, I mean royalty in Britain are nothing but figureheads now.
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Posted 4/26/07
I agree with Seraph, its stupid for a royalty to be going to a war, not only hes a danger to himself but also to his troops. Theres a threat of kidnapping him and cutting off his ears. but i guess theyd have to kill the whole troops of england to get to him but still. He shouldnt be there at all.
Posted 4/26/07
^^ They do have power, but the current Queen never uses it, if a monarch did try to use it then they would not have a very happy lot of citizens though.

Royalty in Britian are important for our culture etc etc. however just because they are royalty I don't think they should get special treatment (except for the King/Queen of course)... all the media attention on them is just stupid!

^ If he was captured why would he be treated any differently from the prisoners in Iran?

N.B. Britons have a natural distrust of those in power, yes, we'd want to get him back, but in just the same way we'd want any other captured soldier back, not because we want the 3rd in line to the throne back. [at least I would]
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^ Thats not the point, he attracts so much attention to himself, and that is enough for his troops to be in danger. One of the things you have to keep in mind is that if your going to war is not to attract too much attention to the enemy and not get caught you see.
Posted 4/26/07
^ He doesn't attract the attention, the media does it for him...
anyway, if we didn't send him why should we be sending any member of the armed forces. As far as "the enemy" are concerned they're all Allied troops, all infidels, and therefore all ready to be gun/bomb fodder, no matter their status. I don't want to see him killed, but I don't want to see him kept back when his regiment is sent on a tour of duty. He deserves equal treatment. As for the troops under his command (12 men in 4 Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles) they will be sent whether he is or not, and the insurgents will target them, whether he is with them or not.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6383747.stm

v yes, war is certainly something to look down upon, but it's happening, so we've got to live with it.
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hmmm well war is still something to look down upon no matter who fights. I cant say that I wll commend his actions. But like others have said they wont risk a prince life over citizens that have enlisted. This is 1 step foward in equality and 2 steps back in political understanding. Heck if theyre gonna send a prince, they should send the commander and chief of the united states (none other then George W. Bush Jr.).
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I really think that instead of him the Prince Harry going to war, He should've used his power to help stop a war not to be part of it.
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