Dirty Harry? Prince says killing insurgents is like a video game
23 Jan 2013
KABUL — Britain’s Prince Harry, who compared shooting insurgents in Afghanistan to playing video games, “has probably developed a mental problem”, the Taliban said yesterday.
“There are 49 countries with their powerful military failing in the fight against the mujahideen, and now this prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it,” Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP.
Harry said he had killed Taliban insurgents during a 20-week posting flying scores of missions over Helmand province in an Apache attack helicopter.
As co-pilot, Harry was in charge of the weapons systems in a two-man cockpit.
“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 in interviews released after the end of his posting.
“This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us,” Mujahid told AFP by telephone. “But we don’t take his comments very seriously, as we have all seen and heard that many foreign soldiers … develop some kind of mental problems on their way out.”
Asked if he had killed from the cockpit, Harry said: “Yeah, so, lots of people have. Take a life to save a life,” he shrugged.