[The broadsheet] coverage was sycophantic in the extreme, relating how Harry had retrained as a “forward air controller”, reiterating how he was sitting in front of “Kill TV” or “Taliban TV” directing American F15 jets to their targets. None of them ever felt the need to question whether this is the best way to fight the war, or that human rights organisations estimate that over 230 civilians were killed in air strikes in Afghanistan in 2006, leading Hamid Karzai to plead in tears for the coalition forces to stop being so cavalier with the lives of those on ground. That might have been unpatriotic, or been construed as suggesting that Harry had killed civilians while blasting the 30 Taliban the Sun claimed he had eviscerated. They didn’t point out when Harry said this was about “as normal as I’m ever going to get” that there is nothing ordinary about making life or death decisions through a computer monitor. We viciously attack suicide bombers or other terrorists for their cowardly nature, and are often right, but there is very little difference between that and the end result of dropping 500lb bombs from however many feet in the air onto houses which may or may not be full of Terry Taliban, directed from somewhere far removed via a screen.
How many civilians were killed by Harry?Published March 2, 2008 Afghanistan , Human Rights , Journalism , Media , Prince Harry , Propaganda Leave a Comment