“Darzee (the tailor bird) was a feather-brained little fellow who could never hold more than one idea at a time in his head. And just because he knew that Nagaina’s (the cobra) children were born in eggs like his own, he didn’t think at first that it was fair to kill them. But his wife was a sensible bird, and she knew that cobra’s eggs meant young cobras later on.” – (Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling)
This wonderful children’s short story by the great Anglo-Indian writer, Rudyard Kipling, teaches a vital lesson that today’s children never learn and few of their parents know. Cobra eggs turn into cobras, and snakes eat baby birds and kill people. Rikki Tikki Tavi, the brave young mongoose knows this lesson and destroys cobra eggs wherever he finds them.
It is a lesson that today’s public policy experts and contemporary political leaders would do well to learn and until they do, they ought to kneel before victims of terror begging forgiveness for their foolishness. Their fond illusion that all cultures are identical has cost countless lives. Their insistence that evil is found only in racism, intolerance and xenophobia condemns countless terror victims to death. The way the world really works is that some evil is just so hideous that it must be wiped out. It can’t be cured with money neither will multi-cultural educational programs achieve anything. Some people have become so evil that rehabilitation is all but impossible.
Ancient Jewish wisdom offers an example of this lesson in the form of a mysterious people called the Amalekites. Their distinguishing characteristic is a fanatical drive to exterminate Judaism and the Bible from the earth. Furthermore, they are an evil people defined by ideology rather than biology or race. There can never be any peaceful accommodation with them. If they survive, Israel is doomed, and if Israel survives, they are doomed.
So said the Lord of Hosts, “I remember what Amalek did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way coming up out of Egypt. Now, go, and wipe out Amalek, you must utterly destroy all that is theirs, and you must have no pity on them: and you must kill both man and woman, toddler and infant, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” –(I Samuel 15:2-3)
Toddlers and infants too? Yes, because we know that baby Amalekites today means killers tomorrow. Ask any of the millions slaughtered by Stalin and Hitler whether it would have been moral to put baby Joseph S. and baby Adolf H. to death in their cradles. Obviously we humans can never know the future, but in the case of the Amalekites, God provided the certainty and the moral validation.
In our audio CD set, Clash of Destiny, we provide the evidence for how we know that the Nazi cult during the mid-20th century was that epoch’s manifestation of the Amalekites. Remember, they are not a biological or racial group but a group unified by belief and ideology. But where do we find the Amalekites today?
The Bible offers several clues to this question so important to understanding the forces threatening western civilization today. Here is one of those clues:
And Saul smote Amalek, from Havilah until you come to Shur,
which is in front of Egypt. – (I Samuel 15:7)
And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred years and thirty years and seven years; and he expired and died and was gathered to his people. And they dwelt from Havilah to Shur, which borders on Egypt… – (Genesis 25:17-18)
And an angel of the Lord found her [Hagar, the mother of Ishmael] by a water fountain in the desert, by the fountain on the road to Shur. – (Genesis 16:7)
It appears that the Arab peoples have a deep connection to locations known as Havilah and Shur. Ishmael’s mother leaves the home of Abraham and Sarah and intuitively heads to Shur. Years later, Ishmael himself establishes his nation at Havilah and Shur.
Meanwhile however, that also became the geographic location of the Amalekites. It was there that King Saul battled them.
Could the Moslem people in our epoch have adopted some of the spiritual identity of the Amalekites? Could this have something to do with why Hamas recruits raise their arms in the traditional Heil Hitler salute at terrorist training camps? Could this help explain the bizarre friendship between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, and the Nazi leadership for whose Waffen SS he recruited Moslem volunteers?
This is all very profound and its implications impact contemporary geopolitical realities in the Middle East and elsewhere. One thing is certain: many of today’s problems wouldn’t be endangering us had yesterday’s leadership stomped on the cobra eggs. And it raises the question: what are today’s cobra eggs that could be destroyed in order to allow a better tomorrow? To understand today’s incarnation of Amalek, as well as Amalek’s appearance during Queen Esther’s time, we have prepared a two CD audio program with study guide entitled Clash of Destiny—Decoding the Secrets of Israel and Islam.
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