Never forget what they did; never forgive

fallingmanRemember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!

— Deuteronomy 25, Verses. 17-19

Amalek is still here, murdering the weak and the defenseless. The Amalekites are the Islamic terrorists. Never forget the evil of 9-11.

Palestinians celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers…

What are we to make of it? Amalek is still here, that’s what we are to make of it.

  • Dave Lienert

    I agree that we should never forgive and we should never forget. However quoting the Bible gets a little slippery with all the contradictions available. Jesus said to turn the other cheek. If we want to go Old Testament we can say “Thou shall not kill.”It’s one of the top 10 Commandments.
    I do know that violence begets violence and peace get you nowhere, so I’m not sure of the answer.

    • TeeJaw

      I’m pretty sure that “turn the other cheek” won’t work with an enemy who wants to kill you and will exploit any opportunity. Something may have been lost in the translation from the Hebrew in “Thou shall not kill” and might make more sense to think “thou shall not murder.” The Bible clearly sanctions killing when necessary to protect innocent life. Self defense is a natural right of the individual and is necessary for the survival of a nation under attack. Preemptive violence is also justified to prevent an attack that is sure to come. The idea that violence begets violence is wrong when violence is the done to stop aggression. Appeasement and cowardice begets violence. Weakness is provocative. As for quoting the Bible, I thought the Amalek an appropriate comparison to Islamic terrorism. They both prey on the innocent and helpless, and those who have done them no wrong.

      • Dave Lienert

        As usual the more you write, the more I read, the more I agree.

        • TeeJaw

          All points of view are always welcome here.

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