Thingish Things

True Grit

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jun• 16•11

A couple months back I wrote a small item about the military tradition among Britain’s aristocracy.  I lamented that, with a few notable exceptions, that tradition no longer exists in the U.S.  We no longer see Gen. Teddy Roosevelt Jr’s charging ashore Utah Beach scenarios.  For the most part, we leave our fighting to the poor and lower-middle classes.

Today out of The Sun in London we learn that Prince Harry soon will be back behind the controls of an Apache attack helicopter in Afghanistan — despite stern opposition from military leaders. He will be the number one target for rocket-wielding Taliban in the Afghan theater. Harry knows that, but his honor comes first.  Princess Diana raised some fine boys.

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  1. Your Friend says:

    Okay, I can give it honorable status. But why do we reserve such accolades for those serving in the military? I’m sure you’re no fan of Robert Kennedy Jr, but he’s done more good for this world than any helicopter pilot (amazing back story on how he became an environmental lawyer by serving his community service sentence for drug possession). Maybe we can we find some other fortunate sons who have contributed to the greater good of humanity outside the military theater?

  2. Your Friend says:

    In the future, there will be no conservatives…

    I want an answer to this. I know you know fortunate sons who do better than just join the military. Come on, help me out.

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