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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What's new, pussycat?

I am sad to relay this article on the death of the English Lion and its replacement by a much lower calibre of cat.

If threats by a bunch of stone age yahoos can make the Brits run and hide, there is no longer a Lion in line to the throne. The geldings of the bureaucracy have killed it and replaced it with a little striped kitty. Prince Henry the Fainthearted, Prince Charlie the Blind and Queen Elizabeth the Meek have sold out the monarchy and caved in to the doomsayers of Parliment and the various Ministries. Here is the shame of Britain and a harbinger of what's in store for us if we continue to allow liberals and neocons to rule.

Prince Harry won't serve in Iraq; threats cited
By Danica Kirka
The Associated Press
LONDON — Britain's Prince Harry will not be sent with his unit to Iraq, Britain's top general said today, citing specific threats to the third in line to the throne and the risks to his fellow soldiers.

Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt, the army chief of staff who recently traveled to Iraq, said the changing situation on the ground exposed the prince to too much danger. Media scrutiny of Harry's potential deployment exacerbated the situation, he said.
"There have been a number of specific threats, some reported and some not reported, that relate directly to Prince Harry as an individual," Dannatt said. "These threats exposed him and those around him to a degree of risk I considered unacceptable."

Clarence House, the office of Harry's father, Prince Charles, issued a statement declaring Harry's disappointment that "he will not be able to go to Iraq with his troop deployment as he had hoped."

"He fully understands Gen. Dannatt's difficult decision and remains committed to his army career," the statement said. "Prince Harry's thoughts are with the rest of the battle group in Iraq.

The Defense Ministry had long said the decision would be kept under review amid concerns for
the security of Harry, a second lieutenant, and other soldiers serving with him. The 22-year-old prince is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-man team in four armored reconnaissance vehicles.

The move comes as Britain is preparing to hand over much of its security responsibilities to Iraqi security forces, concentrating troops at Basra Palace and Basra Air Base.
Insurgent groups looking to target Cornet Wales — as his rank is called in the Blues and Royals regiment — would have had a concentrated area in which to look for him.

Defense officials had previously said Harry could be kept out of situations where his presence could jeopardize his comrades. There had been speculation he would have been shadowed by bodyguards.

"A contributing factor to this increase in threat to Prince Harry has been the widespread knowledge and discussion of his possible deployment," Dannatt said.

Harry would have been the first member of the British royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict with Argentina in 1982.

There have been reported threats by Iraqi insurgents to kill or kidnap the prince, including claims his photograph had been widely circulated among militants.
The younger son of Charles and the late Princess Diana, Harry has been a frequent face on the front of Britain's tabloid newspapers, which have constantly covered his party-going lifestyle at glitzy London nightclubs.

Harry would have been the first member of the British royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict with Argentina in 1982.

There have been reported threats by Iraqi insurgents to kill or kidnap the prince, including claims his photograph had been widely circulated among militants.
The younger son of the late Princess Diana, Harry has been a frequent face on the front of Britain's tabloid newspapers, which have constantly covered his party-going lifestyle at glitzy London nightclubs.

Dannatt paid tribute to Harry in his statement, describing him has a professional soldier whose presence will be missed in Iraq.
"I commend him for his determination and his undoubted talent, and I don't say that lightly," Dannatt said. "His soldiers will miss his leadership in Iraq, although I know his commanding officer will provide a highly capable substitute troop leader."
Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company

4 comments:

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Amazing... they came up with a way to make the royals into even more of a joke.

Satanic Mechanic said...

Where is the British Empire of old?
The article did bring up about Prince Andrew serving, but they omitted how he was on the front lines and dodging Exocet missles during the Falkland Islands War. (Yes, I knew Andrew was second in line back then to Charles, now he is fourth.)
Hell, if the prince is a tanker, put some oil and dirt on the face and he will look like the rest of the tankers. If he wants to serve, let him serve. Get some other guys to look like him, it worked for Churchill.

Tom Forbes said...

It doesn't really matter. Once Tony Blair steps down at the end of next month, the Brits are going to pack up their troubles in their old kit bag, and fly, fly, fly.

Barenjager said...

Yes, the British Empire is dead and gone. Britain has become a cultural wasteland ruled by outside influences and governed by simpering, sycophantic, left wing poofs. Maggie Thatcher took their last vestige of a Y chromosome with her when she left town. All those generations of inbreeding have finally produced more problems than rotten teeth and bad skin. Rule Brittania now has a new meaning that 180 degrees from the original.