The new PBS three-episode film by Ken Burns, ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust,” is long overdue and will hopefully help gather the dust from under the rug of historic ignorance and pile it up for all to see. Unfortunately, almost all the promotional interviews I have seen, also have Burns warning that due to a current ego-driven, demagogic, lying world leader with a thin-skinned, vindictive narcissist nature it could happen again. The dust pile of US culpability becomes a near mole hill in comparison to the eclipsing piling on from others against the suggested madman who Burn’s and others claim is making the Shoa of the past even more frightening to the world today.
What I can’t understand, is the hypocritical selectiveness of these dust gatherers.
Need I remind those among the conflicted pro-Israel community, there is no more powerful leader and friend of the Jewish people who exhibited these same sins than King David, the son of Jesse? Can we just skip over David’s sexual abuse of Bathsheba and his murder of her faithful husband, Uriah? It is too easy of a shot and incomparably evil when considering any current democratic leaders. While escaping the death threats of King Saul, David lied to Ahimelech the priest for a few loaves of bread.
“The king has sent me on a private matter,” David told Ahimelech.“ He told me not to tell anyone why I am here. I have told my men where to meet me later. Now, what is there to eat? Give me five loaves of bread or anything else you have.” 1 Samuel 21:1-3
Due to David’s lies Ahimelech is accused of conspiring with him to overthrow the reign of King Saul who then has the entire priestly family executed.
“You will surely die, Ahimelech, along with your entire family!” the king shouted. And Saul ordered his bodyguards, ‘Kill these priests of the Lord, for they are allies and conspirators with David.” So Doeg the Edomite turned on them and killed them that day, eighty-five priests in all, still wearing their priestly garments. 1 Samuel 22: 16,17
When simply rebuffed by a rich landowner upon asking him to “return a favor,” David immediately saddles up 400 men and makes an oath that “not a single man shall be left alive in the man’s household by morning!”
David said, “A lot of good it did to help this fellow. We protected his flocks in the wilderness, and nothing he owned was lost or stolen. But he has repaid me evil for good. May God strike me and kill me if even one man of his household is still alive tomorrow morning!” 1 Samuel 25:21,22
Talk about genocidal, thin-skinned, vindictive narcissism. Thank God for Abigail, a woman who kept David from shedding the blood of her foolish husband’s entire household. (Read the rest of 1 Samuel 25 for her heroic appeal.)
Joab was one of King David’s most loyal captains and had won many battles for him. He had also gone against the wishes of David on several accounts. While lying on his deathbed and with his final breath, David tells his son Solomon to kill him.
“Do with him what you think best, but don’t let him grow old and go to his grave in peace.” 2 Kings 2:6
And collusion with the enemy?
The entire Philistine army now mobilized at Aphek, and the Israelites camped at the spring in Jezreel. As the Philistine rulers were leading out their troops in groups of hundreds and thousands, David and his men marched at the rear with King Achish. 1 Samuel 29:1,2
As the exquisite flowering of the only pluralistic democracy in the Middle East continues to be juxtaposed by the growing ferociousness of her actual enemies, Israel’s true friends remain immoveable in standing with any, and all who stand with her. When hypocritically selectively choosing to parse the personal bad acts of those who have contributed good to the Jewish people in the past, we find many who are now repeating history by their blind support of current democratic leaders who are an existential threat to the nation today.