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George Wallace said:Let's see.
The US bungled an attempt to rescue the US Embassy hostages in Iran. Perhaps you remember the movie BlackHawk Down, as well. Do you want someone in power put in a position where they may make a decision to order a similar attempt? What would the British have resorted to, had Prince Harry been captured?
As for not negotiating with terrorists; the Italians have. The Spanish have withdrawn troops from Afghanistan. The French are already seeing the results of the 10 KIA, in that some French Troops are refusing to go to Afghanistan. There are segments of the Canadian Public crying for us to bring Canadian Troops home. So don't kid yourself on the influences that the enemy can apply to people in power, or the society as a whole.
Well I am aware of the implications of having people of significant importance in harms way. It also has an effect on the descision making process for obvious reasons, but those people also went there of thier own choosing and as such should be treated like any other soldier when making the next move.
I also pointed out the media factor on issues like this and that directly stimulates the end populace, thus you end up with a damend if we do or don't situation.
Ultimately it comes down to the country and the people in charge as to how best to put thier kids in the forces while minimizing the impact of such an event ever arising. The Brits would go hell bent on getting the prince back safe and sound and as such would do whatever they deemed to be the most discrete and safe way to achieve mission success. The same would go for pretty much any country if the situations arose.
Picture the US capturing osama's kids and then putting up the cease or else flags...what do you think would be the end result.... endless Jihad. What do they do to get people released? We do not do such things when it comes to these situations. It's what seperates us from them.