Talibans were not impressed with Prince Harry after the Royal family member compared his Afghanistan mission to playing video games. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that Prince Harry may have developed mental problems during his 20-week duty in Afghanistan.
The 28-year-old Royal Prince admitted in a recent interview that he had killed Taliban rebels as part of his soldier duties. Prince Harry has been carrying out his mission over the southern province of Helmand using the Apache attack helicopter.
"This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people. 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 spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid stated.
The Taliban spokesman further expressed his dismay with Prince Harry. "We don't take his comments very seriously. As we have all seen and heard that many foreign soldiers, occupiers who come to Afghanistan develop some kind of mental problems on their way out," Mujahid stated.
As the Apache co-pilot, Prince Harry is in control of the aircraft's weapons system such as Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, rockets and a 30mm gun. The Royal Prince described the weapons as a source of joy. "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," Prince Harry stated.
People who are not impressed with Prince Harry's Afghanistan duty expressed their opinion particularly with his "video game" statement. Lindsey German, leader of the Stop the War Coalition, described Prince Harry's comments as arrogant and insensitive. German even suggested that Prince Harry could have attacked Afghan civilians.
Former officer Charles Heyman claimed the Prince Harry's statment may further raise the already high threat level against him and the other Royal family members. "The Royal Family are all targets and he now probably becomes the prime target, Royal Family-wise. But he can live with that. He's a soldier, he knows what he's doing," Heyman stated.
Despite the negative criticism on Prince Harry's Afghan mission, there is still someone who expressed his admiration for Prince Harry's courageous act. Defense Minister Mark Francois offered nothing but kind words and suggested in Parliament on Tuesday that Prince Harry should be honored for his soldier work. "Prince Harry has done well for his country," the Defense Minister stated.