15 November 2010

Singer and Former Royal Army Officer Might Have Stopped WW3

According to this article from the BBC, singer and former Royal Army officer James Blunt, backed up by then-Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Lt. Gen. Mike Jackson, might very well have stopped World War III by refusing a direct order from General Wesley Clark to "overpower" Russian forces who had seized Pristina airport at the beginning of the NATO-led peace-making operation in Kosovo. To quote Lt. Gen. Jackson:

I'm not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War 3.

Personally, I've heard bits of pieces of the Pristina airport story, including a memorable quote from one British officer who was ready to "put some 25mm rounds in their Commie asses." I never quite realized how hot the situation on the ground really was.

By: Guardian

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