Long before James Blunt topped the charts with his 2005 international hit "You're Beautiful", he served as an officer in the British Army. Now, the English singer/songwriter has come forward to discuss a decision he made in order to halt a third world war. Wha-wha-WHAT?!
The BBC reports that the 36-year-old musician denied an order given to attack the Russians while stationed in Kosovo in 1999. His decision was also supported by British General Sir Mike Jackson.
"I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Russians who were there," Blunt said during an interview with BBC Radio 5 on Sunday. "The direct command [that] came in from Gen. Wesley Clark was to overpower them. Various words were used that seemed unusual to us. Words such as 'destroy' came down the radio."
Blunt was the head of column of his NATO unit and fiercely disagreed in being told to take over the Pristina airfield, recalling the moment "a mad situation."
"There are things that you do along the way that you know are right, and those that you absolutely feel are wrong, that I think it's morally important to stand up against, and that sense of moral judgment is drilled into us as soldiers in the British army." Blunt added.
Blunt served six years in the British Army prior to leaving in 2002. His third album, Some Kind of Trouble, just debuted at No.4 on the UK charts.
by MacKenzie Wilson