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Prince Harry: the spare heir

27 Apr

Over the last week or so a debate has raged in the UK media about the issue of whether or not one Henry Wales (aka Prince Harry) should be deployed in Iraq. Many arguments both for and against have been expounded, most are logical and rational. However, today I came across an article which is so incredibly dumb it really defies belief that anyone could have thought of writing it in the first place.

Writing in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, Mark Lawson says this:

Harry Wales cannot be treated equally, because soldiers are expendable and princes are not

My first thought was, surely this man knows that kind of thinking went out with the divine right of kings, but then I realised it didn’t even apply then. Princes have always been expendable. It wasn’t so very long ago that kings and princes led their armies into battle. And, after all, Harry is not the heir to the throne, he is simply one of a long line of emergency back-up heirs. If anything were to happen to him, there are numerous people ready and waiting to step into the breech (sorry, couldn’t resist that).

It is astounding that there are still people who genuinely believe that members of the royal family are somehow better than the rest of us. I was going to say, I wonder if they would say that to the families of service men and women who are currently on active duty, or the families of those who don’t make it back, but anyone who genuinely believes in such ridiculous notions probably would be crass enough to do so. Suffice it to say, the average soldier is significantly more important to their family and friends (and probably society in general*) than some posh bloke, no matter who his grandmother happens to be.

As a little aside – I noticed quite a few commenters discussing the old rumour about Harry’s parentage. I have never understood this theory because I think he bears a striking resemblance to Prince Philip. On the other hand, his brother . . .

* After all, the country isn’t going to grind to a halt if we don’t have royal folk to open hospitals.


New Poll: Troop withdrawal timetable

23 Nov

Margaret Becket, the UK foreign secretary announced this week that British troops could be withdrawn from Iraq as early as next spring. What do you think? Is it too soon? Not soon enough? Should it include Afghanistan?

Vote in the poll which you will find in the sidebar, and air your opinion by leaving a comment here.

ps: you can find the result of the last poll (Labour leadership) in the post below.

Self awareness

22 Oct

According to the BBC

A senior US state department official has said that the US has shown “arrogance and stupidity” in Iraq.

Oh really? Do you think? This at least shows the beginnings of hope flickering. Acknowledging one’s mistakes is the first step on the road to putting them right.

The Real Iraq

21 Aug

If anyone is wondering what is really going on in Iraq, PLEASE take the time to read the lengthy cover story, Life in Hell: A Baghdad Diary, from the August 14, 2006 issue of Time magazine. I suggest that you print a copy before Time moves it to their pay archive.

I was absolutely stunned by correspondent Aparisim Ghosh’s story and, after reading it, I am wondering how the Bush administration can continue their song and dance about freedom, democracy, and a white picket fence for all in the Hell it has created.

A post from Arizona, US of A

The US cult of Bin Laden.

15 Aug

Edit: I can not believe I made such a twiglet of myself!

opinions – like buttocks, we all have them and they are all different.

I hate to burst the bubble of so many but your “research” for blog postings the world over shows just a little too much propaganda for my liking. Osama Bin Laden has nothing (what was I thinking) little to do with Al Qaida despite all the puff and noise he makes / made. It is led by fanatical devotion to a perverted and twisted idea. (it’s political).

What really rails me into posting silly ill considered posts is the entire “war on terror” which does nothing to cure what is a cocked up oil related PR disaster. Having proven our lack of care for international law with our treatment of Hussein we continue to press an unwinnable battle.

(now for a whole passage of mixed up thinking getting sorted out)

He was clearly not the mastermind behind the attacks just as the queen is not the mastermind behind our military manoeuvres. She is the figure head and the generals are the brains. So too for Mr Ranting Laden (he could have been a popular yet hated blogger).

Nor was Saddam Hussein ever a face, figure or buttock of terrorism.

Bin Laden (no he’s not, wrong dude) Saddam Hussein was the leader of a “small” country whose only significance is her control of oil and gas pipelines.

Likewise Al Qaida controls areas of oil and gas but worse still the way we have taken that oil and gas has given grounds for us to be hated.

It takes only a good preacher to stir that hate into action.

We are not talking about a small area like island but a territory used to and good at war.

Hussein is also a leader that had repeatedly been quite obstaneant with the UN (and the US) to the point that we have been to war with him before. But he has every right to have been short with west in what he and others view as a middle Eastern matter.

In Africa issues are sorted out as they have always been with guns and bombs but unlike the middle east without us taking sides based on where we get our oil or the matching of names in our religious texts (Israel/Bible).

The only reason the US and it’s puppy dog the UK had for hitting the guy (Hussein) is that of all the people of the right ethnicity he was the only one who couldn’t hide in the mountains after shouting rude names (Like Bin Laden).

While his (Husain) leadership was not the most civil, nor like our own (being more intolerant than even us) there have been shown to be no grounds to have attacked him other than the feel good factor of “hitting back”. Even if we have to hit back at some one else (and we did).

However while Mr Husain has been removed and is paraded around like some sort of trophy the terrorists that smacked the US so hard all those years ago are still free and unstopped.

Now I have made myself look like a total crackerhead – I have edited the two thoughts into separation so I don’t look like a total crackpot. Just a minor one.

After all the terrorists here is ME… and you and everyone that did not speak out when our countries did evil for greed (oil). We are the face of terror.