In sundry places over the past five years I have been writing that the people who comprise Israel have a long history of destroying the states where they have dwelt, where they have earlier and for extended periods been offered security and achieved prosperity and power, and that the United States should expect to experience a similar ‘Sampson option’ exit of Jewish, or at least zionists, from their nation.
Jews celebrate their ‘leave-taking’ from those erstwhile host-nations, and the celebrations demonstrate a pattern. The major celebrations of the Jewish people are Passover, Purim, Rosh Hoshanah — the sounding of the horn, and Yom Kippur. In Israel, Jews commemorate the holocaust, the most recent addition to the religious doctrine of the Jewish people.
Passover commemorates the exodus, an event during which the god of the Hebrew people slew the first-born child of the Egyptian people, after first causing sickness to ravage the Egyptians, disease destroy their crops and threaten famine, and after Hebrews stole treasure from the Egyptian people who had extended security, wealth, and privilege to the Hebrew people for about 480 years.
Purim commemorates the actions by which Esther and her uncle/cousin/guardian Mordechai inveigled to place Esther on the throne of the queen of Persia, in possession and control of half of the treasure of Persia; murdered Haman, the prime minister of the Persian king, Ahasueras, and placed Mordechai in his stead; hanged the ten sons of Haman; and slew 75,000 Persians.
Rosh Hoshanah is the feast of the sounding of the horn. To understand this holy day, I refer to the narrative of Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, Joshua 6, 1-21:
6 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, gI have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4 Seven priests shall bear seven htrumpets of irams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and jthe priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat,1 and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”
Recall that in the Esther story, Esther, too, is signalled and encouraged by the sounding of the ram’s horn; recall also that a ram’s horn is a spiralled object; the sound is turned– spun — to herald the occasion. Archaeologist and historian Eric Cline explains that Joshua’s assault on Jericho was a sophisticated military action, employing propaganda, communications, spying, and subversion of insiders (Rahab) to gain information and ingress. Keep these concepts in mind as you read the Holy Bible’s narrative of the conquest of Canaan, and consider whether what is being discussed is religion or politics; and give some thought to whether what so many Americans think they revere as sacred writing is actually a battle plan for genocide.
Consider, also, that Thomas Jefferson was astute enough to assess Hebrew scriptures objectively and to conclude they were “morally deficient.” Reviewing the New Testament, Jefferson extracted the Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth from Hebrew influences inserted by various compilers of the NT; Jefferson saw in the Morals of Jesus “the most sublime moral the world has known.”
Back to the less-sublime military commander Joshua:
6 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” 7 And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let kthe armed men pass on before the ark of the Lord.”
8 And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the Lord following them. 9 The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the lrear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually. 10 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.” 11 So he caused the ark of the Lord to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.
12 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and mthe priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.
15 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. 16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city. 17 And the city and all that is within it shall be ndevoted to the Lord for destruction.2 Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she ohid the messengers whom we sent. 18 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel pa thing for destruction and qbring trouble upon it. 19 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” 20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and rthe wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. 21 Then they sdevoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.
What does that have to do with things happening right now, today, in a world 3000 years post-Joshua?
The pattern is the same.
Comment on “Netanyahu Shilling for Romney in Florida,” Tikun Olam, Richard Silverstein, Sept. 20, 2012
Solon to Croesus commented:
I’ve just been viewing the 10-part series on WWI that is based on Hew Strachan’s history.
In Episode 4, “Jihad,” Max von Oppenheim is introduced. van Oppenheim, son of wealthy German Jews, was an archaeologist who represents himself as an expert on Islam; he was also a German agent.
Germany had long had relations with Ottoman empire, and the Kaiser considered a war-time alliance with Turks. von Moltke advised against it: Turks did not have a formidable army. von Oppenheim changed the kaiser’s mind: he advocated a holy war to bring down the British empire:
““When the Turks invade Egypt and India is set ablaze with the flames of revolt, only then will England crumble, for England is most vulnerable in her colonies.” –Max von Oppenheim
Kaiser came to see jihad as the way to foment revolution among the millions of Muslims under British rule.”
Constantinople became von Oppenheim’s playground; “the German embassy was rife with von Oppenheim’s spies.” …
Added details add added fascination at the plots and counterplots — i.e. Envir Pasha, Ottoman defense minister, was more than happy to cooperate with von Oppenheim’s schemes and send his men to fight for Germany, but he had his own agenda: he hoped to reunite the Ottoman empire, “his beloved Turks,” under the leadership of Young Turks.
But the thought that occurred to me was that Bibi is intent on inflaming the “colonial empire” of the United States, attacking the US at its most vulnerable points, with the intention of destroying the US empire in the Middle East and removing the US presence that holds Israel in check.
Bibi may be a sociopath, but his actions are not without a definite logic. He is aware of the harm he is doing to the US, to Jews in the US, and to the position of the United States in the ME. His constant goading re Iran, and sponsorship of Islamophobia is intended to inflame anti-US passions, with the same hoped-for outcome as that of von Oppenheim: to cause the US colonial empire to crumble.
Bibi has declared war on the United States. He’s using our own troops, citizens, and treasure to prosecute that war.