Prince Harry’s openness, honesty, and friendliness clashes with the Taliban’s hostility and has Scotland Yard concerned. After Prince Harry’s ‘I have killed’ and ‘take a life to save a life’ comments, Prince Harry, also known as Captain Wales, might need “an upgrade in his protection” from the Taliban reports the Daily Mail on Jan. 22, 2013.
“Scotland Yard chiefs are reviewing their protection for the 28-year-old Apache attack helicopter pilot who said soldiers sometimes had to ‘take a life to save a life’. Last night former senior officers expressed surprise at his comments. Dai Davies, former head of the Met’s Royalty Protection Squad, said: ‘Purely from a protection point of view, I think it was highly unadvisable for Prince Harry to draw attention to himself. “
Prince Harry likes to draw attention to himself, not because he needs any additional attention, but because it is simply his nature. Despite being royal, Prince Harry is about as natural and as European as it gets. Unlike the Las Vegas incident, however, this time Prince Harry’s frank behavior and talkativeness is of much more concern; life-threatening concerns.
As of Jan. 22, 2013, “Scotland Yard refused to discuss the review of Harry’s protection. It said: ‘We are not prepared to discuss matters of security.”
Dai Davies, former head of the Met’s Royalty Protection Squad, said that “It may be the reality that he killed insurgents, but saying this publicly just increases the likelihood of some lunatic trying to take revenge on him.”
Glen Smyth, ex-chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, commented that “What he [Prince Harry] has said has undoubtedly increased his value as a terrorist target.”
Does the Taliban agree with Scotland Yard?
According to the Daily Mail report, one Taliban spokesperson said that Prince Harry’s openness about having killed Taliban fighters and his “I have killed” and “Take a life to save a life” comments show that “Harry does not understand war.”
“This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, who spoke on behalf of the Taliban.
For the Taliban, historic means approximately the time since Soviet troops entered Afghanistan in 1979. Mohammed Omar who was serving as the spiritual leader of the Taliban since 1994 was trained among other 80,000 to 90,000 Afghans during the Soviet-Afghan conflict.
According to a 2012 Global Security Studies, “Ironically the Soviet Union had entered Afghanistan to prevent a civil war, but its withdrawal created an environment for another. Afghanistan President Muhammad Najibullah managed to hold on for three years after the Soviet Union left, but in 1992 mujahideen forces captured Kabul and ousted the communist president. None of the mujahideen commanders could claim complete control though which plunged Afghanistan into chaos. Out of the chaos the Taliban, a group of Islamic students many of who were educated in Pakistani madrassas, began to seize territory. In 1994, led by Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban seized Kandahar the second largest city in Afghanistan. By 1996 the Taliban had control of Kabul and effectively Afghanistan.”
In addition to pointing out that “This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people,” Zabihullah Mujahid also emphasized that “There are 49 countries with their powerful military failing in the fight against the mujahideen.”
Zabihullah Mujahid does not think that Prince Harry understands any of the Taliban's historical importance and that Prince Harry is “a coward.” The Taliban kills cowards.
Zabihullah Mujahid also says about Prince Harry that “But we don't take his comments very seriously, as we have all seen and heard that many foreign soldiers, occupiers who come to Afghanistan, develop some kind of mental problems on their way out.”
The Taliban kills “occupiers,” mental or not mental.
And just to reinforce that the Taliban agrees with Scotland Yard’s security concern in regard to Prince Harry, Zabihullah Mujahid says that “We have always wanted to capture or kill this prince, but he was mostly kept inside, safe, and in guarded places underground.”
As Captain Wales, Prince Harry was not a “coward” or “kept inside, safe, and in guarded places underground” as he described in his comments about his “adventure” in Afghanistan. The world should know.
Prince Harry does not only act naturally (as he did in Las Vegas), but he also speaks naturally. The Daily Mail reported that Dennis Goodwin, who flew with the RAF in Burma during the Second World War and went on to found the First World War Veterans' association, said that “He's Harry - he speaks as he finds it.”
“In an interview to mark the end of his four-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, the third in line to the throne confirmed he had been directly responsible for the deaths of one or more insurgents as a co-pilot gunner.”
Dai Davies, the former head of the Met’s Royalty Protection Squad, mentions that “If you look at other senior royals, they never discussed their deployments. Prince Andrew never did. His father never did by and nor did his uncles. None of them discussed whether they did or didn’t kill while in the military.”
In his interview, Prince Harry also said that, “It's a joy for me because I'm one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think that I'm probably quite useful.”
Prince Harry’s comparison to flying deadly missions in Afghanistan with playing on PlayStation and Xbox resulted in a response by both the Taliban and British senior officials.
Zabihullah Mujahid apparently took offense in having a “historic” war mentioned in the same sentence as PlayStation. “There are 49 countries with their powerful military failing in the fight against the mujahideen, and now this prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it.”
On Jan. 22, 2013, a senior British commander in Helmand was quoted as saying that “Harry's comments demonstrated a lack of respect for those risking their lives in Afghanistan. … It's not a game. … It's very, very real.”
Not only the Taliban and the British commander have an issue with Prince Harry’s lack of respect and sense of responsibility but so does Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles.
In a Jan. 21, 2013, Daily Mail report, Prince Harry explained his behavior in Las Vegas as, “It was probably a classic case of me being too much Army and not enough prince. It’s a simple case of that. … My father tells me to act more like a prince, admits Harry (but he's unrepentant about Las Vegas photos).”
Unlike Prince Harry’s father, Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, would not have told her son Prince Harry to act like a prince but to be like a prince.
Most likely, Prince Harry heard the words “to act” like a royal on Sep. 6, 1997.
Sep. 6, 1997, was the day when 12-year-old Prince Harry walked four miles behind his mother’s coffin while being watched by millions of people worldwide.
“At his mother's funeral, Harry, then twelve years old, accompanied his father, brother, paternal grandfather, and maternal uncle in walking behind the funeral cortège from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey,” reported BBC about Princess Diana’s funeral.
Unfortunately for Prince Harry, Princess Diana’s voice was silenced forever on Aug. 31, 1997, when she was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris.
The Daily Mail report on Jan. 22, 2013, wrote that “In a candid interview conducted on the eve of his return to Britain from Afghanistan, the soldier Prince said he found life in the Army made it 'easy to forget' who he was. … My father's always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that, but it's very easy to forget who I am when I am in the army.”
If she could, Princess Diana would ask her brother Lord Spencer to remind Prince Harry of who he was, Princess Diana’s son. On the day of her funeral, Princess Diana’s brother, Lord Earl Spencer said about his sister that “She was the very essence of compassion.”
Princess Diana would ask her brother to not only remind Prince Harry of his mother’s “essence of compassion” but also the respect and responsibility that Prince Harry, or Captain Wales, owed to the approximately 9,500 British troops that are still fighting in Afghanistan.
Most importantly, Princess Diana would ask her brother Lord Spencer to remind Prince Harry that she would not want “some lunatic trying to take revenge on him.”
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