“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. (more…)