In his book, Spare, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex spoke of killing 25 men believed to be Taliban in Afghanistan.  He spoke of his offhand approach to those deaths.  He specifically said he was not satisfied by them  Was he embarrassed?  He said he was not.

He declared, “In truth, you can’t hurt people if you see them as people”.

“They were chess pieces taken off the board, bad guys eliminated before they kill good guys. They trained me to ‘other’ them and they trained me well.”

Then this was met with this tweet from a senior Taliban political leader, Anas Haqqani,  “The ones you killed were not chess pieces, they were humans; they had families who were waiting for their return.”

Harry broke the rule to say nothing.  Now there is a risk of reprisal.

The rule is framed in the context of protecting former comrades and respecting the dead.

We are well aware of how tribal human nature is so we would ask if his callousness would be so deep if he had been say killing insurgents of his own religion, tribe and race?

Notice how he assumed that they were inevitably going to kill him and his comrades.  So much for expecting the unexpected as in this failing to happen or the good side of their human nature kicking in.  So much for the Christian faith saying God has great power and changes hearts when one least expects it.  And what about the insurgents forced to attack?  What choice did they have?

He said he was neither satisfied or embarrassed.  They were completely objectified by him.  He praises his training for this.  Part of that training involves dealing with chaplains and going to religious services.

It shows that Christianity cannot claim to be a religion of love and peace for it is impossible for anybody to defend against attackers without dehumanising them.  Yet it blesses those going to war while preaching about the inherent dignity of every person.  This religion with its theology of the just war and canonised soldiers is a pack of lies.

This is the religion that says that thinking of a person as a thing is worse than hating them.  This is the religion that says the true opposite of love is indifference not hate.

Every religion will point out that an unjust war is still a war. Is it? We would call it terrorism. So why call it something that distracts from what it truly is?  Slow poison is poison.


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