by Rachel Ogbu
Prince Harry has been on a media tour lately, in which he made a remark about his job as a co-pilot in an Apache attack helicopter required him to “take a life to save a life” and that he had killed while on duty may have shocked some people even in the military.
However, it was Captain Wales’s somewhat blasé attitude to fighting the hardline rebels that has most riled the Taliban. Responding to Harry’s comparison of firing from an Apache to PlayStation, the Taliban said: ‘I think he has a mental problem, that’s why he is saying it is a game.’
The Afghan militants scornful of Queen’s grandson, said the helicopter co-pilot ‘doesn’t have the brain to know there is a war here’
An indignant Taliban spokesman said the young prince was a coward who ran away from fighting the mujahideen, or “holy warriors”, as the militants like to call themselves.
“I don’t believe that he participated in the fighting,” said Zabiullah Mujahid. “Maybe he has seen the mujahideen in a movie, but that’s it.”
He accused Harry, who has now completed two tours in one of Afghanistan‘s roughest provinces, of cowardice and staying away from the fight.
“These kind of people live like diplomats in Afghanistan, they can’t risk themselves by standing against the mujahideen.”
The prince, who was in charge of firing the Apache’s Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, rockets and 30mm gun, called his job a “joy” in interviews released on Monday.
“It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful,” he said.
Mujahid concluded that Harry must have been involved in a different war from the Taliban’s “historic struggle”.
“He never participated in a war operation so that’s why he can’t see the UK casualties, the UK economic damages and the lost soldiers’ lives in Helmand,” he said.