Recently I've been reading BG&E by Nietzsche writing down my own perspectives upon several different points he raises.
Specifically relating to what Reconstructo mentioned about the will-to-power, BG&E point 19, the one referring to Schopenhauer's philosophy of will I have written a bit about the basic idea of the "freedom of will" from my own perspective, of what little I have considering I'm only sixteen.
"The "Freedom of Will" would seem to be a dangerous illusion; few know why they do something even if they have a definitive reason for doing it. Why would they commit themselves to accomplishing the goal or action that they sought to do. For instance, "I was hungry, so I ate, but what willed me to eat?" Well, of course, the response to this would be survival, but what is the purpose of survival, or rather, what wills the body to want to survive? The concept of self-preservation is rooted into the understanding of nature's necessity to release its power.
Take for example a bomb. The purpose of a bomb is to explode, once the reaction has occurred, nothing can stop it from deviating from its nature. It can be repressed and the fire can be stopped, but the energy and power was still released from the bomb.
A more immediate example would be a soldier on the battlefield. A grenade was thrown near his position endangering his life and others around him, for the sake of it lets say that he did not have time to throw it back. The soldier covers the grenade with his helmet and forces his body on top of the grenade. The grenade explodes, releasing its force and power entirely, however, it was still contained and stopped from delivering the full extent of damage as it is "willed" to (or rather intended to). Just because the grenade was contained however, it still delivered its power in its entirety.
This all may seem self-explanatory however, the concept of life is often viewed by many simply to survive, which, through nature's own devices, is not true. Nature's ultimate goal is to release its power in its entirety, if it is not done, then it has failed what it is programmed to do. Therefore, from what I have deduced, the goal of living, is to release this power. Self-preservation, i.e. survival, is simply a byproduct of this."
Back to the warrior mentality and herd mentality, both have been prevalent throughout time and are simply key characteristics of society. People WILL follow the ones that are ABLE to take control and lead them. It really is quite easy to find, the most recent and widely observed in history textbooks is Hitler's rise to power. Hitler, through many radical ideas and changes, was able to lead the German people out of the depression and into a 'glorious' new day where Germany, for a time, was the most powerful nation in Europe.
Finally, referring to this point:
"I think if Nietzsche doesn't understand why warrior morality is no more evil than a hawks killing nature and the morality associated with it then he should take into consideration that all hawks cannot differentiate between, much less get beyond, good and evil."
I'm sure that Nietzsche was fully aware of the principles of warrior mentality and herd mentality. If we refer to my earlier writings on BG&E point 19, the principle of nature and life quite simply in its purest form is to release its power. How you define this power can come down to many many many different factors, but that is besides the point. Morality developed with the human mind and intellect through religion and society. Who is to say that if we had evolved socially in a different manner that killing would be morally correct and not killing would be morally incorrect. The hawk's killing nature is simply that of instinct developed over time to accomplish a specific goal, self-preservation, which leads to nature and power again. The reason why animals may or may not be able to discern between what we declare "good" and "evil" is because they have not developed in the same way/capacity that the human mind has and the structure of any specific animal's society is different in many ways from that of a human. There is no PURPOSE for a hawk to go BEYOND what is "good" and what is "evil" because neither of these things concern it.