Originally Posted by eric242340
How do you percieve (his) feelings on this. He joined the Army to serve. I served in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and then we did not wear badges of rank, because the higher the rank the bigger the target. He fully understands the risk he is taking and should be allowed to take that risk as all solders have to do. You dont join the Army to become a pacificst. But for many ex soldiers this happens.
His personal feelings and his sincere wish to serve amongst his peers must be subsumed into the context of the war zone in Bashrah Iraq where he would have gone.
The fact is simply the British army is not facing off against another army that wears uniforms, but bands of brigands, thugs, and street criminals who would view the capture of Prince Harry, who will always be the Prince and a symbol of the British Royal nation, whether he wears the badgeof rank or not, as the ultimate prize.
The accident of birth puts him in a separate and symbolic category totally and wholly apart from evey other single British soldier in Iraq or anywhere else.
For a terrorist thug to grab him would be the equivalent of winning the national lottery or getting the holy grail.
Acknowledging that fact would require enormous security for him around the clock. The best strategy would be to keep him away from the buzzing angry nest or terrorist hornets.
There would be many other venues and occupations for him to serve honorably without serving in front line combat in Basrah where because of circumstances he would be more of a liability than anything positive he could contribute.
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