A Bond That a Prince Restored
More from The Washington Post, published March 7, 2008:
During World War II, my father, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's eldest son, Jimmy, saw combat as a Marine Raider, and all three of his brothers saw combat in the Navy or the Army Air Corps. To protect the military's strategic objectives and the troops involved, their combat locations were never revealed. When their service was reported after each operation was completed, it built morale in the country and the armed services. They gave the national leadership in Washington a very personal connection to the purpose of the fight and the proper material support of Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen in harm's way.And more:
We have forgotten what it means to have our leaders' own children put their lives on the line for decisions made in Washington and London. Prince Harry, the British government and the British press [front page, Feb. 29; news stories, March 1 and 3] have restored that important connection for the United Kingdom.
JAMES ROOSEVELT JR.
Eugene Robinson ignored an obvious justification for the decision of British editors to suppress news of Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan ["A Conspiracy Fit for a Prince," op-ed, March 4].[Emphasis added]
While Mr. Robinson acknowledged that as a prince in a hereditary monarchy Harry has restrictions and obligations that are different from most people's, he implied that only national security concerns justify self-censorship and said he "can't see how the public's interest is best served" by this censorship. His challenge was: "Tell me how this was an issue of national security?"
Mr. Robinson does not consider the role of the royal family in Britain. The royals' primary purpose is to serve as symbols and leaders. By sharing the danger faced by British troops in Afghanistan, Harry made a powerful statement about the commitment of the family and undoubtedly earned significant goodwill that will make it easier for the family to perform its functions.
Silver Spring, Maryland