Monday, April 30, 2007

Prince Harry Must Not Go To Iraq

Update; May 1; Prince Harry will go to Iraq. In a farewell speech, he said
"Whether I serve on the front line or carry out a desk job in Basra I just want to get out to Iraq and serve my country. I'm proud of the men I've trained with but I have to respect they need to be safe. They haven't decided what exactly I'm going to do out there yet."
Stirring words from one of the most likeable Royals, Prince Harry.

'Prince Harry is due to travel to Iraq with the Blues and Royals. His position would involve commanding an 11 man reconaissance team with four armoured vehicles. However, an upsurge in violence against British forces has spurred speculation that the situation is too dangerous for the third in line to the throne. Military planners are worried that the presence of such a high-profile figure on the battlefield would increase the danger to all British forces in the area.'

The government announced in February that it would begin withdrawing 1,600 of the 7,000 British troops in Iraq this summer as it hands over control of southern Iraq to local forces.
But the past few weeks have seen a fast increase in violence, with 11 British soldiers killed in Iraq this month. In all, 145 British troops have died there since the 2003 invasion.

On this issue, i must agree.

Fox News quotes Abu Mujyaba, a commander in the Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr,

"One of our aims is to capture Harry, we have people inside the British bases to inform us on when he will arrive"

After the fiasco of the 'frightened fifteen' what possible confidence can his fellow soldiers have that the British Army will protect them and Prince Harry.