Wednesday June 19th 2019Tim
Legions, maintaining enthusiasm for fighting was big,
very big. Each section had a veteran of wars and it was
his role to tell tales of glory, go on about this and
that, maintain a narrative of fighting, dying bravely
and wining. Nor did it really matter what you were
actually fighting about, that question was irrelevant
and discouraged. They were pretty much professional
soldiers, you joined up for twenty years and if you
survived you had a bit hidden away and you were supposed
to be given land and a pension. More recently the
Democrats here in the United States really want to
fight, their veterans are trying to calm them all down.
And the thing about that sort of behavior from the
veterans, it saps enthusiasm, and when battle commences,
well you got a bunch of limp wristed javelin throwers.
Just my opinion of course.
With Roman Legions a
general who appeared anxious not to fight, looked for
excuses, hummed and hawed, had to make pretty dammed
certain veterans within the ranks weren't going to start
doubting the capacity of their general to win the
battle. The point is veterans did pretty well out of the
spoils of war, there was booty, there was kudos, a whole
bunch of reasons, nor did a legion really want to go
home with its tail between its legs, and if you lost the
battle a lot of good men died, so you can call it self
interest. Of course, safe to say that elites know the
rules, in many ways they live in a bit of fantasy world
that kind of suits them, and the other thing about war
is, and you quickly find this out, there are no rules.
More likely the analogy of the Roman Legions to at least
one of our current political parties is apt. The other
Political Party are the Huns. Just my opinion.