Monday, April 24, 2006

Noblesse Oblige




Prince Harry, now a second lieutenant and infantry platoon leader in the Household Cavalry, may be kept from duty in Iraq. He's not happy about it.

“There is no way I am going to put myself through Sandhurst (military academy)and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country,” he said.

I suspect that Harry didn't need the money for college (if that's how it works in England) so he joined because he wanted to be a warrior and believed in service. In an era where the elite universities in this country try to ban military recruiters, perhaps we can learn a little from the Brits.

5 Comments:

At April 25, 2006, Anonymous Part of the Plan said...

Kris, evidence that we've learned something from the Brits would be the report of any child of any Bush administration official enlisting in any branch of the military and volunteering for duty in Iraq.

 
At May 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't symmetric, though. He's a tasty target. No matter how skilled he is, is he really an asset to an on-the-ground infantry? Or does he mostly, unavoidably, just increase risk to others?

How is he at maths? Let's bump him up the chain. "Something to prove" is a dumb reason to put him (and by extension his peers) at risk.

-t

 
At May 23, 2006, Anonymous canuckistani said...

Oy, Harry's in the military because he wasn't smart enough for unnie.

 
At May 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he is in the military because that is what the upper class in England does. Were the US to have such a tradition....

 
At August 18, 2006, Anonymous abigail said...

Don't you also think that he is in the military indeed because he is honorable and want to die for his country? Nevertheless, he is the best looking lieutenant so far.

 

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