Friday, January 19, 2007


As Glenn M. Miller points out, the execution of the Amalekites was not genocide; it does not conform to the definition of genocide: the Amalekites were neither an internal group nor a minority group, the Israeli government never exerted control over them, they were not targeted on the basis of race, and they were not chased in other countries. It was not a case of Israeli despotism or ethnic cleansing; the dangerous nomadic Amalekites committed violence, looting, raiding, and kidnapping against Israel and other nations despite God's numerous warnings and patience (many good Amalekites followed God's pleas and emigrated to Israel for a happier life). The fate of the innocents was a direct result of the heinous actions of the warrior class, their leaders. The Amalekite military had to be totally destroyed in order for the desert to be rid of the Amalekites. The non-military Amalekites could not possibly be absorbed by Israel, welfare, or adequate relief programs; they would lack infrastructure and skills to succeed and contribute to society, women would not be safe, and there was no incentive to use them as laborers. The Amalekites were spared of the prolonged agonies of dehydration, starvation, and exposure, which would, in the Ancient Near East, certainly have resulted had they been left in the desert. The women and children were not killed as a punishment, but as a truly inevitable consequence of the punishment of the military men; they were victims of the military fathers.


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