Commander in Chief

With the current Syrian crisis turning on its head at the moment it may be a good idea to turn to the position of the Commander in Chief who is somewhat removed from war,  its implications and certainly its effects of which he is insulated.

There are certain issues that apply to the different classes. Lets for arguments sake say we have class 1, 2, and 3.

For instance if your an officer (1)  the command you have makes the likelihood of you needing to go into battle, that privilege is given to ranks 2 and 3 who being more prevalent and expendable are more suited to the role. Role 2 maybe looked at as say… a Sergeant Major who simply leads the front liners (3) into the actual combat.

When in civilian life, we have a similar structure, the upper class (1), Middle class (2) and the lower class (3) and (1) is far removed from the issues that involve (2) and those far removed from the position of (3).

They know each other are there and respect their position, but there are advantages as you go up the social scale as to what may or may not be achieved.

A few hundred years back it was necessary to do things a slightly different way………

The Charge of the Light Brigade

was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War.

CW-Picketts

Civil War: Gettysburg and Pickett’s Charge

Despite the deadly fire, one of Pickett’s brigade leaders Gen. Lewis Armistead still managed to cross the field and lead 100 soldiers over a stone wall to create a breach in the Union line, shouting “Come forward, Virginians! Come on, boys, we must give them the cold steel! Who will follow me?”

Boadicea

“She was huge of frame, terrifying of aspect, and with a harsh voice. A great mass of bright red hair fell to her knees: She wore a great twisted golden necklace, and a tunic of many colors, over which was a thick mantle, fastened by a brooch. Now she grasped a spear, to strike fear into all who watched her……”

-Dio Cassius

Wealthy men in the Roman Empire often led the charges against enemies, they, had the most to gain and the most to lose when faced with adversaries.

In those days it was customary to lead the charge if you were in command. All influential Lords and wealthy commanders led in battle, firstly to protect their interest and secondly to rally the men……..If he was not at the front…. NO man would fight!

I would make the proposition that, we need to take the clock back a little, and get real. We hear so many calling for war and none of them prepared to lead the charge.

Although war is a little more covert with autonomous subs, and drones that can be flown from many miles away, the consequence is no less than it was a thousand years ago for those being attacked.

The trouble with this scenario is that the leader may take men into battle for frivolous reasons.If you have a might second to none its easy to strike and easy to explain with countless reasons as to why you had to use draconian means.

No one argues with history, and history is written by the victor.

The answer is clear and the moral is simple. If the war that you propose is sufficient that YOU would lead the charge and be possibly the first to die from the consequence, then it passes the litmus test for your support.

But if your gonna push the next guy to lead that first man over the hill charge, you have neither the right nor the moral compass to be called a leader and declare a war!

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