Prince Harry choses guns over strip Cluedo
WHO asked Prince Harry if he had killed anyone? We don’t know. But he has done. Harry says he took enemy fighters “out of the game”.
Harry’s returned from work as a co-pilot helicopter gunner in Afghanistan. Has tells media:
“Yeah, so lots of people have…The squadron’s been out here. Everyone’s fired a certain amount. 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, I suppose.”
Take a life to save a life. Bad stuff. Game. It’s the pragmatic language of survival.
Add those words to Harry’s Las Vegas diary, and they wouldn’t look out of place.
He says of life aboard an Apache helicopter:
“When you fire, you still get the cordite smell, which is bizarre. The whole floor vibrates and when you fire a missile the whole aircraft shudders a little bit.”
Someone then asked him if he’d joined the Army to kill people. Harry did not punch him the face. He replied:
“It’s not the reason I decided to do this job. The reason to do this job was to get back out here and carry on with a job.”
“No one knows who’s in the cockpit. Yes, you get shot at. But if the guys who are doing the same job as us are being shot at on the ground, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with us being shot at as well.”
The Taliban has, of course, issued statements that it wants Harry dead. Well, yes. The Taliban wants everyone who disagrees with it dead. The alternative to death is for Harry to marry a local Afghan chieftain’s daughter, or settle the war with game of strip Cluedo. Both options remain open…
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING RANK OF CAPTAIN JAMES JOHN TO SERGEANT JAMES JOHN. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince (centre) Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, relaxes during computer football game with his fellow Apache Helicopter Pilots Capt Simon Beattie (left) and Sergeant James John (right), during their 12 hour VHR (very high ready-ness) shift at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.