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Bottles and Blood

Post by John T Mainer on Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:04 pm

>>Author's note: stories out of Russia and the US raise the spectre of US unilateral intervention in Iran, and a Russian military response. While war today is often thought to be largely a clash of competing smart weapons, drones, expensive aircraft and legions of armoured vehicles, there is still the role of the infantry. Both the Spetznatz of Russia and the various Airborne and Special Forces units of the west have fought long ugly guerrilla wars with a fanatic enemy who faces mostly the unarmed and helpless, using mines and IED as his primary weapon against conventional troops. In each side is the hunger for a cleaner war, a soldier's war. A foe to meet and prove themselves against, an enemy one could respect. The hills of Iran have seen Aryan chariots, Xenephon and Alexander's Hellenic Hoplites, and armoured Persian Deghans in generations of heroism. They are no stranger to songs of blood and honour.

Aryan mountains,
Above Persian plains
Once trod by heroes
Once, now again

To topple a madman
Lest the world burn
Two armies would war
Over the corpse of a third

Plains filled with thunder
Skies filled with fire
Warplanes and armour
Fight the General’s war

Deep in the mountains
Where the brave alone tread
Is the battle of Captain’s
The swift and the dead

Cream of the Airborne
NATO’s own pride,
Against the hammer of Spetznatz
In war to the knife

One learned his trade,
In the cold Chechen hills
Against the planners of Beslan
Who children would kill

Afghanistan lives
In the eyes of the other
Who harried the Taliban
In village and mountain

A few hundred men
In the pitiless mountains
Blood of the north
Spills on Aryan stone

Ambush and stalk
Escape and evade
Masters of warfare
Play out the wolf’s game

Feast for the ravens
In the hero haunted hills
Best and the bravest
Reap the Battle-Glad’s gild

Battle of equals
Of skill and of pride
War without hatred
Just fury and blood

No war stays long private
Now tanks and warplanes
Will shatter the balance
And carry the day

Commando and Spetznatz
Each hears the news
Their dance will end now
Under drone, shell, and bomb

Nightfall a white flag
Held left in plain sight
Strangely a bottle
Held in his right

Deep in the shadow
Of Aryan hills
Enemies toasted
Their courage and skill

When came the dawn
They would finish their war
One last dance of blood
They all know the score

Honour the prize
Won on that field
Shared at the end
Bottles and Blood

John T Mainer, Cpl (retired)

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Post by sacrificialgoddess on Sat May 05, 2012 7:44 am

How did I miss this one? Great job, John.

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Post by MaineCaptain on Sat May 05, 2012 3:54 pm

ooo, very nice, John. Smile

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Post by John T Mainer on Sat May 05, 2012 7:15 pm

One of the wierd things about the profession of arms is that we practice turning killing into a safe almost mechanical process. Through skill and technology we seek to be able to kill the enemy without risk, to eliminate his combat power without cost, and if possible, without direct confrontation.

At the same time, those who are willing to suffer, to risk their lives, to endure certain hardship, stress, fear, and possible death and injury to serve their folk are prone to hunger for something more Homeric, and less impersonal. Honour still exists. Every once in a while, once in a long while, the chance comes for something clean, something pure. The use of such meetings of champions is long in the wastebin of history, but it is in hushed tones the survivors of such moments retell the rare chances of such meetings. To have shared such a moment is beyond price. Since war is waste written on the largest scale, to have even a single moment of purity found amidst what is typically a mix of filth and futility is of great worth.

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Post by Spiritual Healer on Wed May 09, 2012 8:06 am

great job done john.i appreciate you.

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Post by Spiritual Healer on Tue May 15, 2012 6:15 am

Good job john appreciate your effort.

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