Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Wisdom of the Ancients

Another little bit of classical a-Sem I found in my files:

Marcus Tullius Cicero, first century B.C. Roman stateman, writer: "Softly! Softly! I want none but the judges to hear me. The Jews have already gotten me into a fine mess, as they have many other gentleman. I have no desire to furnish further grist for their mills." (Oration in Defense of Flaccus)

Cicero was serving as defense counsel at the trial of Flaccus, a Roman official who interfered with Jewish gold shipments to their international headquarters which was then, as now, located in Jerusalem. Cicero himself certainly was not a nobody, and for one of this stature to have to "speak softly" shows that he was in the presence of a dangerously powerful sphere of influence.

On another occasion Cicero wrote: "The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers."

You know, you'd really think humanity would have solved this problem by now. God knows there has been evidence enough in every time and place that this Asiatic excrescence is a dangerous threat.

The Romans dealt swiftly and finally with people like the Carthaginians and numerous barbarian tribes who threatened their existence. One wonders how much painful history would have been spared if some Roman emperor had possessed the necessary combination of foresight, ruthlessness, and character to perceive that the Jews were a greater threat to Rome and all of humankind than Hannibal ever was, and that one of the greatest things an empire with a civilizing mission could accomplish was to remove this poison from the human body politic. Titus Vespasian dealt sternly enough with them when the need arose. Why did no one ever follow through?

Another one of history's mysteries you won't find expounded on The Discovery Channel.


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