Geopolitics, to a certain extent is participation in scholarly discussion of the theme of territorial empires. In this discussion, there is very little conformity to one specific empire ideal, route to successful policing or grand social strategy, instead various possibilities are engaged with and the theme of the empire is inexorable. With this unavoidability of the empire arises the stately functionary, treatises on the morality of civilisation and the figure of the Western warrior, which is nowadays a professional figure rather than a spiritual one. Deciding on a pertinent prism through which to investigate the moral complexities of the theme of empire presents a procedural difficulty because of the relevance to this theme of so many scholarly resources. (Dalby 2007, Ferguson 2003 and Harvey 2003)
This essay will examine the figure of the warrior in The Kingdom of Heaven and postulate on how morality and chivalric code resonate in such extreme circumstances as combat. This examination regards this sense of morality and connects them to interventionist dialogue and imposing, colonial tradition, where medieval distinction between neutral civilian and armed soldier is no longer an idea that holds sway.
In the twenty-first century, whether a secret operations intelligence officer or an infantry soldier elected to peace-keeping duties, postmodern Western warriors physically secure the West - the descendants of medieval European crusaders - against the seemingly barbarous threat of a culture without one singular nation, much in the same vein as the clash of the Christian crusaders against the Islamic jihadists. Medieval Islamic jihad pivots on the same theme as contemporary jihad and Christian holy war has long lost sway with would-be Christian nations, who in the absence of divine motive are nonetheless fighting the same jihadists now. (Dalby, 2007) The Kingdom of Heaven uses this postmodern Western attitude of military action towards Islamic fundamentalists as a base moral philosophy behind the heroic non-religious Christians to draw parallels between the high nobility of the glory of holy war during the crusades and the present-day U.S – Afghanistan conflict.
The two interlaced war themes pervade The Kingdom of Heaven; the creation of plausible other worlds and the question of morality and the chivalric code, of honour and veracious behaviour in the constructed world. The Kingdom of Heaven asks the war-on-terrorism-conscious modern audience about the conduct of a nation that uses the force of soldiers as a means of conflict resolution and whether strong combative offense is even justifiable, in consideration of the heavy emphasis placed on honour by that same nation. This asks the question of whether human conduct at war can be judged identically to conduct at home.
The Kingdom of Heaven, which explores many of the premises for conflict between Christianity and Islam, was released in 2005 after the invasion of Iraq in retaliation for the...