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Date of Issue:1/June/2005

The Military and Anglo-Saxons

Nobumasa Ohta
Commentator
Nobumasa Ohta Office


Anglo-Saxons have produced men cultured in military affairs in great numbers one after another, who now control the world in terms of military affairs on both official and unofficial levels, and world peace and stability have been maintained as a result.

Whether we like it or not, we all know that world peace and stability is being maintained by the US military with cooperation from British, Australian and other forces. However, these Anglo-Saxon forces are not the only being underpinning world peace and stability. Thanks to the incident in Iraq involving Akihiko Saito, the critical role being played by private military companies (PMCs; contemporary mercenaries) has become general known even in Japan. Most PMCs are American or British, and they are usually managed by former members of special forces within the British and American military.

Given this situation, it would be no exaggeration to say that the world is being controlled by Anglo-Saxons in terms of military affairs on both official and unofficial levels, and that their share in the world military affairs is vastly greater than their share in the world economy.

Letfs go back to the 14th century. At the battles of both Crecy (1346) and Poiters (1356) in the early years of the Hundred Yearsf War between England and France, the English army crushed the much larger French army, making the strength of the English army renowned throughout Europe. In the same century, England spawned the famous mercenary Sir John Hawkwood (1320-94).

Hawkwood was a soldier in the Hundred Yearsf War, but with temporary suspension of hostilities in 1360, he found himself unemployed and went off to perpetually warring Italy with some fellow soldiers. In Italy, he led several groups of mercenaries into battle for employers such as Pisa, Milan, Florence and the Vatican and between battles, led those mercenaries on pillages through local communities. Hawkwoodfs outstanding talent and loyalty to his words were lauded in both Italy and England, and he was twice appointed ambassador to the Vatican by the English King, rising even to the position of supreme commander of the Florentine army. After his death, Florence honored Hawkwood by burying him in the cathedral, a spot denied even to the great poet Dante.

After Hawkwoodfs death, England (Britain) continued to produce similar persons cultured in military affairs, which brought about victory in all its key wars. This allowed Britain to build its empire and proclaim world hegemony.

The same tradition continues today. For example, military education and training remain compulsory subjects at British public schools, while Prince Charlesfs younger son Prince Henry graduated from public school Eton and has entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

As another Anglo-Saxon country, the United States has taken over the British mantle as world hegemon and continued the British tradition. This can be seen in the importance placed on military service when the US is choosing from among its presidential candidates.

Namely, the Anglo-Saxons have produced men cultured in military affairs in great numbers one after another, who now control the world in terms of military affairs on both official and unofficial levels, and world peace and stability have been maintained as a result.

Come to think of it. Both Japanese government and people now seem to be working night and day to transform its whole society in line with Anglo-Saxon standards, which are virtually global standards. While there were attempts of this nature during the Occupation years after WWU, the scale of the transformation is the first such case since the Meiji Restoration. However, contemporary Japanese understanding of the Anglo-Saxons is flawed to say the least.

At the time of the Meiji Restoration, hundreds of former samurai and other Japanese were cultured in military affairs, whereas today such people are running short. As a result, the Japanese tend to have a highly distorted, primarily economy-driven, understanding of the Anglo-Saxons.

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