The Embattled: Horses are Saddled by Glenn Allen Nolen Copyright
The Embattled: Horses are Saddled.
Glenn Allen Nolen
Copyright © 2003 by Glenn Allen Nolen
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To every man and woman in the military,
Your profession gets hairy.
Trained killing is scary.
May your family never have to bury?
Chapter I 1
Chapter II 11
Chapter III 18
Chapter IV 29
Appendix A - Conflict of Ancient Civilization 36
Appendix B - Notable Conflict of History 63
Appendix C - United Nations Peacekeeping Operations 82
Appendix D - United Nations Charter 85
Appendix E - American War Library Casualties List 144
Appendix F - Ireland's History & Battles 147
The cavalry rode into range
Aligned two by two.
An order was given to change.
A line formed a new.
Swiftly moving to the left,
They stood tall in the saddle.
A soldier could never have had more heft
Before entering a battle.
With bayonets drawn,
The horse soldiers loomed.
An hour after dawn,
The first cannon boomed.
Their battle-tested leader
Yelled for the bugler to sound something for Saint Peter.
They galloped at speed.
It was time to bleed.
Brave men held their ground
On a rain soaked barren field.
Fear could not be found.
No one raised a shield.
The cavalry simply bounded.
Not one-foot soldier ran.
Their generals were astounded.
As they stood together to the man,
That army managed to hold steady
Concealing their fear.
Every soldier must have been ready.
No one did veer.
It was the Kings pride
Beckoning that battlefield ride.
Why do people have to die
When nations vehemently vie?
Is war a permanent fixture?
Do nations have that right?
They can undermine our international societal mixture.
Our destiny should traverse a new height!
Or is war ingrained?
It is something we frame.
Aren't we about drained?
Call it our institution of shame.
Generations of people have been outraged
Protesting against nations that can’t behave.
Those aggressive tendencies must be caged
Or civilized society will be stranded at the grave.
Testosterone is the primary reason men shave.
Aggression is something we can learn to stave.
It's time to take a stand.
After all, we are part of the same homogeneous band.
War, more and more, is predominantly staged.
Take it off the societal front page.
Our previous history has already been gauged.
Do we really want to be judged by the wars we wage?
War is something that should never be sought.
Our international society clamors for restraint.
Does anyone really believe war should be taught?
Personally, I don't have that urge to paint.
Ancient civilizations pioneered military service induction.
Were they a little deranged?
Knowledge eliminates the need for death and destruction.
On the evolutionary scale, we have changed.
It is "our attitudes toward war"
That has kept us fighting in more. 1
1. Gwynne Dyer, War (New York: Crown Publishers, 1985), 3.
That particular state of mind
Must some how unravel and unwind.
For ten thousand years,
Soldiers have killed and died
Facing their battlefield peers.
Families on both sides cried.
Historically, society has used its ability for thought
To produce advanced weapon technology,
How hard a soldier has fought
Has been our societal chronology.
Ancient civilizations could not end their struggle.
We, on the other hand, have the means in place
For each nation to snuggle;
The United Nations must keep pace.
We cannot let ancient hate
Be our everlasting fate.
We can absolutely overcome
The war fervor hum,
Pre-civilized cultures killed.
Historically, that is a given.
For the most part, it was self-willed
And not city or state driven.
People then huddled together for warmth and protection
Building the first structures of a village.
That first assemblage and collection,
With out a doubt, resulted in pillage.
Someone piled the first stone
Resulting in a protective wall.
I can hear their voices moan
Attempting to make it tall.
Others didn't have enough gall
And watched the village fall.
The village was soon overrun.
Leading, eventually, to the development of a gun.
The implementation of killing tools
Was almost certainly cause and effect.
The effort used in staving off fools
Has been our only means to connect.
With each invasion or mere threat,
We built up our defenses.
The way we manage to fret
Has dulled our extremely good senses.
The ancient Greeks and Persians
Fought many battles in war.
They had time-honored excursions,
But what are we following their example for?
We build weapons to defeat any door.
They decided to prodigiously bore
Into "the accumulated silver reserves of the state"
In an attempt to protect the Athenian gate. 2
Modern war and or its battles,
Therefore, have an ancient financial frame.
We, simply, no longer use paddles
In order to kill or maim,
Armies still cross-expansive ponds.
Ten thousand years of travel
Have been paid for from bonds.
Must we continue pounding that gravel?
Is another alternative the way?
Historical records do indicate
That it's the only game we really know how to play.
Psychologically, everyone can relate.
Man's earliest written recorded date
Exhibited a propensity for war and hate.
2. Ibid, 40.
Five thousand years of history,
Warfare is certainly no mystery.
Pre-civilized hunter-gatherer bands
Subsisted with occasional conflict.
Basically, their killing hands
Had not yet forthrightly clicked.
They instinctively and justifiably linked
Forming a unique cross section of tribal land.
That's how pre-civilized man kinked
And evolved his way into our modern quicksand.
At first, tribal warfare was limited and ritual bound.
Exacting a death wasn't a need.
Efficient killing hadn't been found.
Soon, however, people would bleed.
The advent of villages and towns
Is our modern thorn of crowns.
As a matter of fact it was power and control
That forced man into a deep historical hole.
8,000-7,000 B.C., The first army appeared.
That "first truly large-scale slaughter of people"
Must have really seemed weird. 3
Perhaps, survivors constructed a large steeple.
The discipline of thousands of men
Forced leaders to use a "different psychology." 4
Their teaching was of sin
Relying on efficient killing biology.
Consequently, the warrior ethic has been difficult to destroy.
Man fights for honor and glory.
It's truly a time-tested ploy
And it is an endlessly repeating story.
3. Ibid, 11.
4. Ibid, 12.
The battle and siege of Troy
Was bathed in a glorious joy.
For ever after, the spilling of blood
Has kept society bogged down in the mud.
By 7,000 B.C., The town of Jericho
Had been solidly built and fortified.
Perhaps, two thousand people or so
Were not fearful or mortified.
To the contrary, living two hundred per acre
With walls "twelve feet high and six and a half feet thick"
Gave security to the village baker,
And the candlestick maker had time to finish his wick. 5
"Flanked by a circular stone tower
And encircled by a deep ditch"
Allowed the inhabitants a sense of power
Putting a get along in their enemy’s hitch. 6
"They had wealth worth defending," 7
But their fate was pending.
Enemy troops would be descending
On that barrier and noisily rending,
Building a stable faction,
For empowerment and support,
Was a reasonable defensive action.
People must have gotten over at least one worrywart.
Thus the advent of city-states
Was the prelude to modern nations.
Stone and rock guarded gates
Gave rise to offensive creations.
5. Ibid, 15-16.
6. Ibid, 16.
"Over the next four thousand years,
... Armies and states ... evolved." 8
People must have cried a lot of tears,
But nothing ever got resolved.
It was a vicious cycle.
No wonder there's an Archangel named Michael.
Historians fly over this period like a bird.
Quite possibly because there is no written word.
Circa 2700 B.C., Defensive works were raised
By rival Mesopotamian cities: Umma and Lagash.
They fought over water and where animals could be graved.
It wasn't over who had the most cash.
For two centuries (2550-2350 B.C.), War was waged.
Umma then got a dominating stance.
Survivors of Lagash were so enraged.
They began a guerilla war dance.
About that time, "a new phenomenon" emerged.
Leaders developed who were empire builders. 9
In Egypt and Mesopotamia, city-states were purged
Creating obsessive power wielders.
The Egyptians Menes and Narmer
Conquered every small farmer,
And the Sargon of Akkad
Overran Mesopotamia and others without the money for a wad.
Ancient empires are long dead.
However, their pattern of dominance remains.
The quest for power and control continues to be fed
By a wanton need for blood, and it rains.
Today, we do have a choice.
Whether to sit idly by,
9. Ibid, 21.
Without even a whisper in our voice,
Or we can demand to know why.
Four thousand years ago,
Indo-Europeans devastated Europe and Asia Minor.
As a layman, one might say so,
But isn't our destiny finer.
During the last ten thousand years or more,
Man has practiced the art of war.
I sense another one looming.
Here comes the thunderstorm, and it's booming.
My dream for modern homo-sapient man
Has been to negotiate a last war treaty.
Some members of the United Nations think we can.
Others believe we have gotten greedy.
The dream started one dreary day
Getting soaked in a cold European mist.
I told nonbelievers to get out of the way,
Or listen for the Global Union gist.
My one and only true goal
Is a non-violent future.
Regional groups take their toll
Using an all-purpose military suture.
Historically, city-states merged into nations.
Nations developed a series of regional associations.
Logically, we took that to its core.
What else is the mind for?
We seek a one-parliament world ruled
Which is totally democratically weighted.
Governed by people schooled:
Not power driven and dominated.
Global unity’s time has come.
We should all try to agree.
The Global Union beat that drum.
Set our violent history free!
It was, remarkably, a hard sell.
Only a few nations listened,
But we kept ringing that bell.
Soon our repertoire glistened.
We developed a small following.
Would the world one-day be pleasurably wallowing?
Can we avoid our violent past?
Would peace and harmony last?
Would Armageddon be repeated?
The King of Kadesh hoped not.
In 1480 B.C., His army was defeated.
Men broke ranks and fled in a trot.
It was "the first detailed account of a battle." 10
Yet, countless thousands must have been fought.
Man is often treated as cattle.
When military force is sought.
"Greek nobles of ... [that] age
Loved war and were devoted to fighting and plundering." 11
How long must we sit in their cage?
Isn't anyone else wondering?
Lessons have not been learned.
Broken and naked bodies are still dragged and burned.
Somalia was a prime example,
But that brutality was only a small sample.
"Armed force dominates." 12
That is our historical perspective.
Man unnecessarily abominates.
It's time to be reflective.
10. Ibid, 22.
11. James Henry Breasted, Conquest of Civilization (New York:
Harper Brothers, 1954), 277.
12. Dyer, 33.
The Global Union put forth the notion
That battle shouldn't determine the course of our lives.
Man has crossed many an ocean.
Couldn't we accomplish more by putting down our knives?
The cavalry supplanted the chariot,
And rifles displaced spears and arrows.
Why shouldn’t we bury it
Placing it along side city-states and pharaohs?
Isn't war a bit outdated?
Intrinsically, we hate it!
Don't let nations create it.
It's worn out and jaded.
All people should have a capacity for defense.
The Global Union is not a peace movement, per se.
We desire a new tense,
Thus, we propose another way.
The United Nations has the capability to be our savior.
It only needs a few simple and modest reforms.
Every nation must alter its behavior
And retriangulate its performance norms.
We propose a military trade
Directing nationalism to port.
Nations need not be afraid.
You'll still have the capacity to defend a fort.
Only others will man them,
No one will be left hanging on the rim.
When our brothers fight and die:
A world united will cry.
“Go; tell the Spartans, you who pass by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.” 13
13. Epitaph for Leonidas and the 300 who died holding the
Pass at Thermopylae, Simonides 480 B. C; Ibid, 261.
The first organization to endorse
The Global Union world government principle
Was our sister organization the European Union, of course?
Together, we would make the world invincible.
The United Nations General Assembly took up our cause.
Opposition, we vowed to overcome.
It formed a committee to re-write the laws.
I was one of its illustrious alum.
Our task was to keep war cold.
"Thus arose the conflict, which never ends -
The conflict [was] between the new age and the old.” 14
Evolution is paramount to survival,
And it is on what our world depends.
At the time of civilizations beginning,
People only knew about sinning.
War meant a family member or friends death.
It took away peoples breath.
The Global Union's view of world government can give man a chance.
We can conquer our violent past.
The United States and others* refused to acknowledge the dance.
They wouldn't even be part of the cast.
A General Assembly vote creating a permanent United
Nations (IMF) International Military Force
Was vetoed by a Security Council divided.
It would lead to the embattled saddling their horse.
14. Breasted, 411.
*United States, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Libya,
Cuba, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Israel, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen,
Haiti, and Saudi Arabia.
Within sixty months, except for the nations already listed,
Most of the worlds military units joined the blue caps.
The tendency was for those other governments to remain fisted.
No one else thought it in their best interest,
Except them perhaps;
To all others, the honor most rife
Was being wounded or giving one's life
In defense of another's residence.
The first United Nations Globalization ceremony set precedence.
Thousands of men and women in armed service,
Who had given their loyalty to an individual country,
Showed no outward signs of being nervous
Taking the oath* of a world gun free.
That day took five long years.
It was an entangled process
Moving slowly through international cogs and gears.
There was no way to simplify the mess.
The United States, China, and Russia constructed a powerful door.
Politically, they were militarily geared
Resisting changing the mode of war.
A bit fearful of altering the way they were reared.
Their power came from military might,
And their leaders most prestigious duty was to send
Soldiers off to fight.
*Oath of Allegiance - I swear to uphold the Constitution and
Be obedient to the laws of the Global Union, the United
Nations General Assembly, and any nation to which my services
May be assigned. I hereby pledge to give my life for the
Preservation of international peace and security and promise
To adhere to any lawful command and abide by United Nations
General Assembly regulations and protocols on discipline and
Moral character, and I pledge to observe all ethnic, social,
Religious or political differences among the population of
This here united Global Union.
Their opposition to a New World order just wasn't right.
The United Nations General Assembly rose to a new height.
By more than a two-thirds majority
Another resolution of the UNGA passed
Dissolving all Security Council authority
And establishing the Global Union, whose function was vast.
The Organization was thrown into turmoil.
When the Security Council refused to disintegrate.
Waves began to ripple and boil.
Internationally, we had set an end to World War date.
"Never has it been more dramatically staged
Than as we find it here in the daily growing friction
Between" those nations boxed and caged
Believing they were reading fiction. 15
We called it a New World order,
But every nation would still have its own border.
That started the War for Global Unification.
Non-member states refused all efforts at adjudication.
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