LONDON, April 24 -- If it's war Harry Wales wants, it's war he shall have.
British Defense Secretary John Reid on Monday, addressing noisy speculation in the British media, said he saw no problem sending 2nd Lt. Wales -- better known as Prince Harry -- to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Harry himself is on record as saying he has no intention of staying home while his mates from Sandhurst, the elite military academy from which he graduated this month, put their lives on the line. "There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country," Harry, the redheaded younger son of Diana and Prince Charles, said in a rare interview last September, marking his 21st birthday. "That may sound very patriotic, but it's true."
That set off a debate about whether Harry should or shouldn't go and if the military would let him. Could he really be just a soldier doing his duty? Or would he become a "trophy target" whose presence would recklessly endanger his fellow soldiers?
Commissioned in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, the oldest and most senior regiment in the British Army, Prince Harry is about to begin a five-month training course to become a troop commander. His regiment has been deployed in most major military operations in recent decades, including the Falklands War, both Gulf wars, Bosnia and Kosovo. After his training, military officials have said, it is quite possible that Harry's regiment could be assigned to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Well, whether he actually sees combat or not, the point is he is willing. Quite a contrast to the Bush twins, huh? When are they going to sign up? You, know "support the troops" and all that - by joining. Oh, you mean the Bush family is for the war as long as other people's children fight it? Silly me.