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September 27th: 1191 AD.
Imagine yourselves, gentle readers, riding a horse along a road going south, accompanying Richard the Lion-hearted in his armed column of a little over 2000 knights on the Levantine coast marching on crusade to Jerusalem.
The heretics outnumber the Europeans by perhaps 20 to 1, a ratio beyond realistic counting, and they swarm down upon the column of armed knights every day for hours. In response, out from formation rode a picked group of men-at-arms, in heavy armor, with lances, charging back and breaking the ranks of the Arab bowmen and spear-throwers. It was a romantically successful response.
The armored knights were almost invulnerable to the light weaponry of their multitudinous foes, and their forward thrust could best be avoided by flight. A few champions, on many days including the English king, held off several times their number for long hours. The daring and skill of the few, mechanized and rationally used, enchanted the many. We are at the turn of the twelfth century.
Strapped inside that suit of metal, do you not feel hot, here beside the Mediterranean? Sweltering in your lizard costume, strangely clad for a desert climate, you join your horse in imitation of an awful unicorn, you draw your energy for the charge in you holy innocence of sin, defending the holy cause of God.
Thanks to metal armor, taxing the strength of the strongest but rendering him formidable beyond human dimensions, the Frankish cavalry clearly enjoys a superior military technology. An enormous ferric-coated equine centipede strolls irresistibly toward Joppa.
But there, dear reader, sweltering in that suit, is our modern imitation crusader, still believing that fighting and killing with superior military technology fulfills the will of God.
Yes, shielding himself with Star Wars and poking his naval nose into the Persian Gulf, Ronald Reagan. . . . oh, no, George W. Bush — I think; unless I mean Barack Obama.
The Air Force of the United States enjoys a superior military technology.
“Maybe the greatest lie that [Bradley] Manning exposed won’t have been about what the United States was really up to in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will be the lie we told ourselves — the lie that we cared about the truth.”
— Molly Crabapple, 3 June 2013