Cornelius Tacitus - Controversial

The Histories.


" . . . Egypt was once plagued by a wasting disease . . . So Pharaoh Bocchoris went to the oracle. . .  and was told to purify his kingdom by expelling the victims . . . Thus a multitude of sufferers was . . . abandoned in the wilderness. . . Moses, urged his companions not to wait passively for help from god or man, for both had deserted them . . . They traveled . . .  and on the seventh [day] they expelled the previous inhabitants of Canaan, and took over their lands and in them built a holy city and temple."1a HERZL SCHAFER

" . . . The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches of the most abandoned kind . . . took to contributing dues and free-will offerings to swell the Jewish exchequer; and other reasons for their increasing wealth may be found in their stubborn loyalty and ready benevolence towards brother Jews. But the rest of the world they confront with the hatred reserved for enemies."1b LUTHER HERZL HITLER SARTRE PAGELS SCHAFER

" . . . These kings . . . regained control by force, setting up a reign of terror which embraced . . .  the banishment of fellow-citizens, the destruction of cities, and the murder of brothers, wives and parents. The kings encouraged the superstitious Jewish religion, for they assumed the office of High Priest in order to buttress their regime."1c

"The majority were convinced that . . . the Orient would triumph and from Judea would go forth men destined to rule the world."1d CAMUS SCHAFER


Unfortunately, not much has changed since Tacitus. And Nietsche's "eternal return of the same" continues to plague both Jews and Gentiles.

  • Palestinians continue to resist a nasty Israeli occupation and accuse Israel of stealing their lands.
  • Oppressed and mired in abject nihilism, many young Palestinians, including young women, become suicide bombers -- for them, terrorism is martyrdom against Satan and his injustice.
  • Guided by Hammurabi's eye-for-an-eye law, Israel continues to assassinate Palestinian leaders (with missiles).
  • Many accuse a neo-conservative "cabal" of manipulating the United States for Israel's benefit; and many believe that "the Jews rule the world by proxy."
  • Oligarchs of Jewish provenance are accused of tax evasion, fraud, and theft in Russia.
  • Many fear that Israeli stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads, are a threat to international security.
  • Anti-Israeli feelings are rampant around the globe. Many Europeans believe that Israel constitutes the greatest threat to peace in the world.

One might be tempted to conclude with an analogy. "Radical Judaists" were to the Roman empire what "radical Islamists" are to the U.S. Rome occupied Palestine and destroyed the Temple; U.S. forces occupy Iraq and destroy Saddam Hussein's statues. Ironically, both Jews and Muslims are direct descendants of the same Abraham.

Hegel is right -- even if Popper despised his "historicism": "peoples and governments never have learned anything from history" and "[n]ations are what their deeds are."

For an understanding of the nature and roots of Judeophobia, from a Judaic perspectives see Schafer. For an analysis of the "us" vs. "them" complex, see Pagels. For Martin Luther on Jews and usury, see Luther. For a general investigation of Anti-Semitism, see Sartre. For philosophical utterances on Judaism, see BuberFor Albert Einstein (brightest Jewish mind) on Israel and political Zionism, see Einstein. For a Jewish human rights perspective, see The Simon Wiesenthal Center. For a comparative analysis of major religions, see Religion. For sources and references corroborating information in this Critique, see Selected World Events (this database provides education/research links; the linked web sites, pages, and documents are not part of; and the links can have a finite lifetime).


* Italics in the original.

1 Tacitus. The Histories. Translation by Keneth Wellesley. Keneth Wellesley, 1964, 1972, 1975, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995. London, UK: Penguin Books Ltd., 1995.
a Book Five: 1-13. The Jews, at 280-281.
b Ibid., at 281-282.
c Ibid., at 284.
d bid., at 288.

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