Too bad those lessons didn't stick with you.It'd be nice if for once you could tell me something I didn't know. I've been studying military history since I was at least 8 years old.
And yet, the "reward in heaven" from a pilgrimage wasn't a desire for resources in some way? You're also generalizing far too much about "discarded among scholars", but then again, you do only consider the scholars you like to count, right?The motivations for war are varied depending on context. For example, the long-held theory claiming that the Crusades were primarily about second-born noblemen seeking wealth and land in far-away lands has now been discarded among scholars.
My family, my friends, the people who have helped me throughout life. If this country were in an existential crisis, I'd be the first to sign up. Since it's not going to be (see the above strategic deterrent), I really think projecting power to line some asshole's pockets are a gross misallocation of national resources.And who exactly do you care about, if I may ask?