Blunt served with the British army in Kosovo and received an order to attack Russian troops who had seized control of an airport.
“I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Russians who were there,” Blunt said, pictured in Napa, California today. “The direct command [that] came in from General Wesley Clark was to overpower them.
“And if we had a foothold there then it would make life much easier for the NATO forces in Pristina. So there was a political reason to take hold of this. And the practical consequences of that political reason would be then aggression against the Russians.”
But wouldn’t the aggression caused a huge backlash? “Absolutely. And that’s why we were querying our instruction from an American general. Fortunately, up on the radio came General Mike Jackson, whose exact words at the time were, ‘I’m not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War 3′.”
Thanks for saving the day with your cool head James. Though I’d like to think it was your cool blue eyes…