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Don´t blame Captain Wales for being
flippant about killing. It´s the way
we soldiers cope with death

Daily Mail [UK], by Tim Collins

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/23/2013 7:42:25 AM

My ten-year-old son was delighted the other day to find a quotation from me appearing on the screen while he was playing the PlayStation game Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But I was just bemused. Ten years ago, in Kuwait, when I spoke the words ‘It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly’, I was preparing the men of my battle group to cross into Iraq for the liberation with every expectation they would be doing exactly that: taking human lives.[Snip] So when I read yesterday of Prince Harry using

Harry was being honest. Mr A and his flying buddies have used similar expressions when describing their Navy flying experiences. It´s a very natural thing to do--life imitating art, if you will.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 1/23/2013 7:44:46 AM     (No. 9133654)

Men face powder. Women powder the face. Thats how its always been.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/23/2013 7:48:03 AM     (No. 9133662)

If it were me, I might have acted flippant, but I would have been downright giddy that I took out some of those vermin.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/23/2013 7:51:54 AM     (No. 9133672)

Soldiers, officers and enlisted, use callous-sounding words to make what they do a little easier. It, by no means, signifies an indifference to death and dying.

Just sleep beside one of these men for 35 years and you know how deeply they are affected by what they do. I thought Captain Wales spoke seriously and reverently (in soldier-speak) about his work.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 1/23/2013 8:28:49 AM     (No. 9133731)

That´s what he does for a living.

Now, it makes it uncertain that Prince Charles is his father.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Gale, 1/23/2013 8:42:44 AM     (No. 9133756)

The taliban declared openly that they wanted to kidnap Harry and do what they like to do with him. He wanted to do his job and he did. Well done, Prince Harry, may you nation´s media come to your defense.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: AltaD, 1/23/2013 8:47:15 AM     (No. 9133769)

FTA: soldier’s flippancy disguising the deadly seriousness of his mission.

The same can be said of police officers, firemen and even nurses. If your job is dangerous or you deal with death on a daily basis, you cope anyway you can and if outsiders don´t like it, well ...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/23/2013 9:02:04 AM     (No. 9133802)

FTA... ‘It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly’.

IMHO, the Taliban, Al Quada, et al do not qualify as human.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pdmccas, 1/23/2013 9:14:56 AM     (No. 9133829)

The Prince is a warrior. Warriors kill the enemy. What the hell do these weenies think they do? Retired Colonel.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 1/23/2013 9:44:18 AM     (No. 9133907)

I loved the way that #8 laid things out!! Thank you, Sir. You are BRILLIANT!!! And thanks for your service to our country as well.

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