As a civilization, do we always allow genocide and then pontificate about it later? I know of people who feel bad about the Native Americans Holocaust and even more people who don't really think about it.
Are we naturally barbaric and genocidal or it it a function of belief and the times? Are there consequences we have to face because of it's effects on the collective unconscious? We didn't help the Jews till the war was on our doorstep and then we seemed to have helped the Jews cause we were angry at the Nazis. Did the fact that we didn't stop the Jewish Holocaust lead to World War 2? Did the fact that no one tried to stop our genocide of the Native Americans has left it that we not only think this land was empty before we got here (as a culture) but you also rarely see a Native American, just immigrants.
Here are some pictures to help put our own journey as a country in perspective.
The "empty land" we settled wasn't empty, at first. We had to clear it.
These were soldiers citizens doing a job. Watching each others back:
Notice the pride of accomplishment:
Is out taking the land from the Indians any different than what Israel does when it builds settlements? Are we so cool with what Israel is doing because on some level it's what we would do & have done?
Are humans naturally genocidal or is this a factor of religion? Is one religion more genocidal than another? Which one is it? It may not be the one you think.
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
Hosea 13:16 (King James) "Samaria will bear her guilt because she has rebelled against her God.
Deuteronomy 20:16 "However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes."
1 Samuel 15:2-4 "2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah."
Psalm 137:8-9 "8 O daughter of Babylon, O destroyed one, O the happiness of him who repayeth to thee thy deed, That thou hast done to us. 9 O the happiness of him who doth seize, And hath dashed thy sucklings on the rock!"
When we look at Genocide this way, as a psychological - conscious or unconscious - reaction to religious teachings , does the following make more sense?
Greenspan admits Iraq was about oil, as deaths put at 1.2Million
Israel's Crazy Doctrine for Justifying Deaths of Over 1,000 Gazans
Syria 3 - A Look At Syria Using Graphic Photos To Understand The Type Of Genocidal War Assad Al Bashar Is Waging (this is the outlier in this set of examples as they are not Christian. That said, Assad is from a minority sect and connected to Russia & his country - & Israel for that matter - is result of World War 2)
Jared Diamond’s ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ Part 1 – Out of Eden
Jared Diamond’s ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ Part 2 – Conquest and the Tropics