Not only did James Blunt’s hit, “You’re Beauitful” make the world happy, but apparently he also saved us from World War 3.
Blunt told the BBC that while he served as a cavalry officer during the Balkans conflict in Kosovo, he refused to carry out American military commander General Wesley Clark’s order. Blunt claims that his decision may have prevented World War 3.
Blunt recalls that he was given the order to ‘destroy’ the 200 Russian soldiers he faced at an important airfield.
“I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Russians who were there. I was the lead officer with my troop of men behind us. The direct command that came in from General Wesley Clark was to overpower them. Various words were used that seemed unusual to us. Words such as ‘destroy’ came down the radio,” Blunt recalls.
When Blunt refused the order, which he thought was unwise, General Mike Jackson concurred with his decision.“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’, and told us why don’t we sugar off down the road, you know, encircle the airfield instead.”
Blunt says Jackson’s plan was successfully and a compromise was reached after a few days, “After a couple of days the Russians there said ‘Hang on, we have no food and no water. Can we share the airfield with you?”
So there you have it, the soldier-turned-pop star saved us from a third world war. Hard to believe?