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Issue #1547      16 May 2012

Awards for criminals

“You fasten the triggers for others to fire,
Then you sit back and watch,
When the death count gets higher.
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in mud.”
(“Masters of War”, Bob Dylan)

Humanitarian Awards are surely taking on a whole new meaning. The end of April brought the obscenity of the announcement that Madeleine Albright, a woman prepared to sacrifice children by proxy was to be awarded America’s highest honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her role as a long time champion of democracy and human rights all over the world.

In the same 24 hours, an announcement was made that Britain’s Prince Harry is to receive a special award for his “humanitarian work.”

The “Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership” award: “recognises outstanding achievement” and is presented annually by the Atlantic Council. Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, have been jointly nominated, with Prince Harry travelling to Washington to accept on behalf of both, on May 7.

Madeleine Albright’s latest honour for her services to humanity has been awarded to others who compete admirably with her dedication. They include such peerless war mongers as Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld, General Colin Powell, whose pack of lies to the United Nations (February 2003) initiated Iraq’s destruction – and former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, whose offices and officers provided those lies.

That human dove of peace, Dick Cheney has been a recipient, as has his Israeli counterpart, Shimon Perez and General Norman “No one left to kill” Schartzkopf, to name a few.

Fellow recipient of the Award with Albright is Bob Dylan. Funny world.

Prince William and Harry are both in the armed forces (between social engagements). In a career move that has been dubbed by many “a cynical PR stunt,” William flies Naval Rescue helicopters. Seemingly it no longer looks good for a future king to kill people. Harry clearly faces no such trying constraints.

Deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2007, he reportedly lurked safely, deep in a bunker, out of harms way, surrounded by a phalanx of armed Royal Protection Officers whilst playing at being a Forward Air Controller, who remotely (in all senses of the word) guides in aircraft to attack the locals.

There is not only irony, but a terrible deviance, about a supremely privileged young man, whose entire upbringing has been in palaces, castles and the most elite of schools, calling in aircraft to destroy peasant farmers, in remote, poverty stricken villages – along with their subsistence livelihood and simple adobe homes.

There is a further irony in that his “child within” knows loss. At 13 he walked behind his mother, Princess Diana’s coffin, as it was transported for her funeral, after her death in Paris in an appalling car crash, with her Muslim lover – some say fiancée – Dodi al Fayad.

Freud might have had something to say of his display of crusading contempt for the people of Afghanistan – 99 percent Muslim population – just before he was hurriedly whisked out of the country for his safety in January 2008, once the media had exposed that he was there. His attitude, “day job” and his fleeing are beneath contempt. If Albright sacrificed children by proxy, the Prince, arguably, killed them by proxy.

Back home he and his brother have their own households, with flunkies to provide, and an aristocratic titled adviser to oversee all the details of their lives.

Now his delayed return to Afghanistan, to hone his killing skills, is seeming more imminent. He will be more hands-on, having been awarded his Apache Flying Badge, so he can return and dissect living beings from an air borne, mass human shredder of obscene and terrifying destructive power.

That the two Princes have established a charity to aid needy children in Africa, whilst Harry has been involved in orphaning, maiming and ending fledgling lives in Afghanistan, and now returning, is surely a near schizophrenic perversity.

The Atlantic Council presentation for the pair’s humanitarian endeavours, however, is “for efforts in championing” other soldiers involved in invading and killing in two decimated lands which posed no threat to anyone, let alone far away Britain and America.

Prince Harry, “is being recognised (with The Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership trinket) for support to charities like Walking With The Wounded, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Help For Heroes.” All of which are funded with the sort of moneys which would help the maimed, destitute and traumatised in the countries the charities’ beneficiaries have helped destroy, back to normality for many years.

A St James’s Palace spokesperson commented, “Prince Harry will use the award to pay tribute to British and American veterans’ charities for their achievements in helping to rehabilitate wounded.”

Next article – Back-pedalling in France

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