Dear Prince Harry,
The London Observer has anointed you as the “Mother of All Targets in Iraq.”
The Times of London reported that, after weighing the risks, General Sir Richard Dannatt, chief of the general staff, has decided to send you to Iraq. He has underestimated the political consequences of your death.
You are game. Just like your mother.
Your imminent deployment to Iraq has the British news business, Iraqi insurgents and other nefarious political and militant groups scrambling to capitalize on the price of your scalp. The race might even set new records. The lust to capitalize on your blood–breaking the news of your death–is pitting politicians, terrorists, and journalists in a full-on sprint. It is going to take more than a tank to shield you.
Although as Princess Diana’s son, there is not a home in Iraq where you would not be welcomed as a guest, you should have no illusions about your security.
The instant you step into Iraq, you will not be an average British soldier, but a powerful political symbol. Killing you would be seen as a triumph over centuries of occupation, domination and humiliation by Anglo-American powers with a long history of dividing and ruling the Arab and Islamic world.
Your presence in Iraq also has grave political implications for other soldiers, British and American troops. Even former British defense minister John Nott told the BBC that you’d be a “threat to the soldiers.” Michael Portillo, another former defense minister, went further, telling the BBC that your murder or kidnapping would be a “disaster for Britain.”
And it would be a disaster for peace in Iraq. Your presence in Basra would inflame the Iraqi insurgency and undermine the legitimacy of a fragile political process. Sunni and Shia militias are issuing threats against the British camp there.
Abu Zaid, identified as a commander in the notorious Mahdi Army, warned in The Observer: “We are awaiting the arrival of the young, handsome, spoilt prince with bated breath and we confidently expect he will come out into the open on the battlefield. We will be generous with him. For we will return him to his grandmother (the queen) but without ears.” (On the bright side, Abu Zaid appears to find you attractive.)
Abu Samir, a former major in Saddam’s army turned Sunni insurgent commander, claimed that you won’t be able to escape detection because, he said, your face is even more familiar to the Iraqi people than the world class soccer players Zidane and Ronaldinho.