By Kam Zarrabi, Intellectual Discourse
In my last article, The Wild
demonstrated the parallels between the narratives in the Old Testament and the
ongoing events in the Middle
East. The same people who were engaged in the ancient legends of the
Bible are still at it over two thousand years later. There is really nothing new
under the sun, as the Bible says, except for the tools of war and the magnitude
of death and devastation that man can cause in the guise of self-defense or
under the cloak of a just cause.
must emphasize that Biblical narratives seldom reflect either the actual
historical events or follow the timeline of history. Yet, all such stories are
representations or reflections of man's hopes and anxieties, aspiration and
fears, throughout the ages and to this day.
hardly any doubt that the story of Esther and Mordakhai is pure fiction, in
spite of the fact that a site believed to be the tomb of this uncle and niece in
Hamadan, northwestern Iran, is a place
of pilgrimage for the local Iranian Jews. Nevertheless, the legend of the proud
Mordakhai and the beautiful and cunning Queen Esther has served a fundamental
cultural purpose for the disliked and dispossessed Jews for nearly two thousand
years. The festival of Purim, the harbinger of spring, represents the
celebration of the triumph of a downtrodden people over the cold, gray winter of
hatred, threats and persecution.
previous article I demonstrated that, unfortunately, the triumph of one people
is almost inevitably at some other people's demise. In the story of Esther, the
Jewish wife of the Persian monarch (best guess as who this king was supposed to
be is Artakhshathra I or II, not Xerxes as some believe), upon hearing about a
plot to exterminate the Jewish population of Persia,
convinces her husband to turn the tables against their ill-wishers. In response,
the Jews are empowered by the monarch to destroy those who wanted to do them
harm. The story speaks for itself, here shortened for
11 The king granted the Jews in every city to
gather and to stand for their lives, to destroy, to slay.... all that would
assault them, including little children and women, and to plunder their
5 Thus the Jews killed all their enemies with
the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they
wanted to those that hated them.
12 And the king said to Esther the queen, "The Jews have slain and
destroyed five hundred men in Shushan. .....Now what is your request further, and
it shall be done."
13 Then said Esther, "...let it be granted to the
Jews in Shushan to do tomorrow also according to this day's decree...."
15 The Jews in Shushan gathered on the fourteenth day of the month
Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan....
16 But the other Jews
that were in the king's provinces gathered together and stood for their lives,
and slew of their foes seventy and five
Initially, it was thought that Israel's all-out attack on Lebanon would
require one week (like Esther's first day) to exact retribution against those
elements who had dared to attack the Israeli border post and taking two soldiers
as prisoners. We now see that Israel requires another week (
Esther's second day) to finish the job of bringing the enemy to its knees. Here
the Israelis represent Queen Esther, and the Anglo-Saxon superpowers headed by
States are acting as the Persian monarch who
grants Esther all her wishes.
article by Pat
Buchanan, appearing in antiwar.com
web site, he criticizes columnist Lawrence
Kudlow, who believes that "Israel is doing the Lord's work."
let's see how the current scenario could possibly evolve into a regional
conflagration with global implications. By that I mean the very real possibility
of stretching the current confrontations in Lebanon to engulf Syria and, if Yahweh, in His wisdom, doesn't
change His mind, into Iran.
let us refresh ourselves with how Queen Esther managed to convince her husband
to vanquish her detractor, Haman. Knowing, through Mordakhai, her uncle, that
the Evil One is none other than Haman, she invites Haman, now increasingly under
suspicion and disfavor by the king, to the palace in a seemingly friendly
1.So the king and Haman came to drink with
Esther immediately points the finger at Haman
6. ... Esther said, "An adversary and an enemy,
this evil Haman!" And Haman became terrified before the king and the
And the king arose in his fury from the wine feast to
the orchard garden, and Haman stood to beg for his life of Queen Esther, for he
saw that evil was determined against him by the
Then the king returned from the orchard garden to the
house of the wine feast, and Haman was falling on the couch upon which Esther
was, and the king said, "Will you even force the queen with me in the house?"
that cunningly staged performance convinced the monarch to agree to all Esther's
biddings, ergo the gruesome details of the following events in Chapters 8 and
Today's Haman is represented by Iran. Iran,
just like Haman, once a favorite of its patrons, has been in disfavor and
regarded as a member of the Axis of Evil by the big monarch in the world stage.
Suspected of attempting to develop nuclear weapons, Iran is now
under scrutiny and criticism by its detractors. And, just like Haman,
Iran is invited to present
its case in front of the G-8 and possibly the Security Council, to share some
pomegranate juice with Israel and the U. S.
what might our shrewd Esther or Hadassah, do this time to unleash the monarch's
wrath upon her ill-wishers?
Suppose the runways in the main airport in Damascus are preemptively bombed by Israel, and the Syrian Mediterranean coastline
becomes blockaded by the Israel naval, nuclear-armed forces.
Of course, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Condi Rice and John Bolton, as well as
the entire U. S. Congress will immediately voice their support for this action
that is viewed as a defensive move by Israel.
Syria reacts by
sending its air force to confront Israel's far superior air power.
Next, both CNN and Fox channels will show the site of a major explosion
somewhere in Israel, with radioactive debris
detected for several miles around the point of impact of the long-range missile
that delivered that low-yield payload. The site will be either a center of
population or an unpopulated desert area, depending on what it would take to
convince the world of the impending nuclear holocaust if no counteraction were
further examination, the pieces of the missile found at the site are found to
have the unmistakable markings of the Islamic Republic of Iran!
evidence is now irrefutable, just as was the case when the King entered and
found Haman attempting to molest Queen Esther right there in the King's own
matter what Iran might do or
how it would plead its case, the planted evidence will win the day, paving the
way, with global approval, to attack Iran. The cost to those who might
stage such a cunning scenario might be an Israeli village or small settlement of
perhaps mostly Arab population. But, the rationale would be the ultimate
benefits - the extermination of the sources of trouble once and for
only less that 2% genetic separation between the chimpanzees and us humans, what
do you expect? At least our animal cousins don't pretend; their wild instincts
are never masked like ours under a phony, self-serving veneer of righteousness.