Tuesday, January 22, 2013
British Army Capt. Harry Wales (a.k.a. Prince Harry) is making controversy once again - this time over remarks he made about killing Taliban in Afghanistan.
Capt. Wales has just returned from his four-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was an Apache helicopter pilot while there – aircraft he learned to fly while training in Southern California at Naval Air Station El Centro in 2011.
The Soldier-Prince gave a pool interview Monday about his experiences in Afghanistan, in which he stated he had killed Afghan insurgents. USA Today quotes him as saying:
"Take a life to save a life. That's what we revolve around, I suppose. If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game."
The British media jumped all over the Prince’s statements, with the UK paper The Independent writing:
With the interview marking the end of his 20-week tour in Afghanistan, the question is not what Harry was thinking. The Prince was not thinking. The Prince seems incapable of thought.
But former British commander in Afghanistan, Col. Richard Kemp, has come to the Prince’s defense. He told the Associated Press anyone who is raising a stink about the Prince’s comments doesn’t know about the realities of war:
“He’s flying an attack helicopter armed with missiles and machine guns, and its purpose is predominantly to come in and provide fire support for troops fighting the Taliban, so it would be very, very surprising if he didn’t swoop in and kill. I know it’s a delicate subject, but I’m surprised by how much people have seized on what he said. If he’d been bragging about killing, that would have been wrong, but he didn’t brag about it.”
Decide for yourself. I’ve posted video of Prince Harry’s interview up top, courtesy of ABC News.