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"Genocide in Jericho"  

We humans seem to be capable of doing some really terrible things to one another.  I can't think of any other animal that turns on its own the way we do.  I wish I knew more about the emergence of this violent trait back when our species was evolving from whatever it is we evolved from.   It all started perking in my brain yesterday.  For some reason or another, I found myself  thinking about Joshua and those poor people of Jericho. 
[Joshua 6:21
"And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword."]

That was really total  genocide!!

Even the genocide of the Native Americans by the white European invaders, ugly and cruel as it was, can't match what Joshua did to the people of Jericho.  Imagine "They utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword."  I would like to know what these poor people did to bring this on.  It doesn't seem that they did anything at all.  The invaders wanted what they saw, so they took it. They wanted it all to themselves, so they killed every body and everything! That was one mean genocide!

This was Joshua' s very first battle after crossing the Jordan River in his bloody invasion of Palestine.  He must have known what he wanted before he got there!

[Could this be a clue? Joshua 6:24  "And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD."
Or this? Joshua 6:25  "And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had."  I don't know whether we should "
cherchez de l'argent" or "cherchez la femme."]

Whatever Joshua's motives were, he insisted it was God's idea!  It's like Flip Wilson saying, "The Devil made me do it."   But, it's not Joshua's motives that concern me right now; it's the horrible plight of the helpless Palestinians that makes me cringe.  Again, what was the justification for this bloody massacre?  Think about it: "And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword."  Right now, I'm ashamed of being a human being!  Could I ever do anything like this to other human beings?
[I realize that most scholars and historians don't think that this particular story is actual history.  They say that it was written some time after the Babylonian Captivity as inspirational fiction.  Doesn't that make matters worse.  Do we want stories like this told as inspirational stories? Isn't it quite the opposite?]
Now I remember what started me thinking about this! I caught myself humming!  I was unconsciously humming the tune to that very vile song, "Joshua fit the battle of Jericho."  That's not something to be joyful about!  That's something to weep and repent over. I'm very sorry it ever happened. I wish those people and their children and their poor animals could have lived on in peace.  Does the song say what happened after the "wall came tumbling down?"  They probably left that part out!

Have I not reason to lament
What Man has made of Man?

                           [William Wordsworth]