Wars have been a form of knighthood throughout the history we’re familiar with. They were about bravery, sacrifice and respect. All these characteristics require direct contact between humans. Weapons such as swords, spears and shields imposed decreasing distance between fighters.
These wars did not resort to mercenaries or proxy wars. They were an industry that native citizens of a country mastered. They were an imposed duty or requirement from a certain feared category that was widely respected and appreciated as it’s always ready to defend its homeland to confront the threats of foreign invasions or to go beyond its borders to secure its territories and gain strategic depth within its deployed armies.
Fighters underwent brutal training during wars in the past. They were taught how to move quickly and mastered attack and withdrawal tactics. They were also taught disciplined coordination with their battalion. Fighters also mastered the use of non-firearm type weapons. A state or empire whose army possessed more of these traits, characteristics and weapons has been more capable to confront others and maneuver.
Balance of terror
There is an international and regional war in the Syrian Desert. America, Europe, Turkey and Gulf countries are participating in this war via armies made of mercenaries that consist of Kurds, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Egyptians, Chechens, Afghans and citizens from Gulf countries.Ghassan Imam
In all cases, the Lakhmids and Ghassanids did not view themselves as mercenaries. The Ghassanids who were supported by the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire fought with their Arab Muslim brothers who liberated Sham from the Romans. The Lakhmids eventually integrated in Arabism and Islam and left Khosrow fighting battles in the Gulf Sea which did not drown Arabs who conquered Iraq and Iran.