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Joshua Bags Jericho

Benson C Sail
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

… thanks to sonic weapons supplied his army by Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus

About 13 years (40 years in the numerology-obsessed Pentateuch) prior, Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the exodus, used HAARP technology, apparently, to part the Red Sea. Now he wanted to repeat a similar feat, this time parting the Jordan River to enable over 2.5 million Israelites (if we are to include women and children who were not part of the second census figure of 603,000)   and their livestock, which numbered in hundreds of thousands. That’s what the Pentateuch authors would have us believe.

Whilst we could allow for the possibility of a “miracle” (that is, use of sophisticated technology that intervened in nature), we should also allow for the probability that the incident (JOSHUA 3:14-17) was perfectly natural. The Jordan River is not a particularly broad or deep river. Its width ranges from 28 to 31 metres only and its depth from 1 to 3 metres. Any adult can wade through a metre’s height of water and easily traverse a distance of 30 metres: in that case, no miracle would be needed for the Nation of Israel to cross the river.

The Canaanite point at which the Israelites crossed the Jordan is referred to as Adam in the Bible, which is modern–day Damiya. Geological evidence that earthquake-induced landslides have from time to time stopped the flow of the Jordan River waters at Damiya abounds.  For example, in 1927, flow ceased for 22 hours; in 1906, 24 hours; in 1834 and 1546, 2 days; in 1534 and 1267, 10 hours. At such times, the Jordan River bed at Damiya is practically bare and one can easily stroll across it from one bank to the other in less than five minutes.  

The Book of Joshua, however, seems to suggest that the Ark of the Covenant, borne by priests, had a role to play in the parting of the Jordan. That cannot be entirely discounted as we now know that the Ark was a multi-purpose high-tech device which could even be deployed in warfare.  Exactly how the Ark could separate a body of water into two walls leaving dry land in between we cannot really fathom.   

The Bible says at the time the Israelites crossed the Jordan, it was in flood. It was therefore at its maximum depth of 3 metres. Maybe a miracle at the hands of Adad was needed yes and the Ark came in very handy here. BUT WHY EMPLOY THE ARK AT THE JORDAN RIVER WHEN IT WASN’T NEEDED IN THE PARTING OF THE RED SEA? Anyway, the Ark was not yet in existence when Moses led his people across the Red Sea but at the Jordan it was already in existence and it too most likely incorporated HAARP technology.

NINURTA DEPLORES MARCH ON JERICHO?

Shortly after the Israelites crossed the River Jordan, four things happened. Adad turned off the Manna tap; mass circumcision was decreed; the first Passover was celebrated; and Ninurta mysteriously tried to intervene in the Israelite advance on Jericho. Now that the Israelites were in the land of “milk and honey” (a figurative statement for a place of abundance), the provision of both forms of Manna, the tamarind kind and the Ormus form, ceased. This was no longer the generally barren wilderness the Israelites had roamed for years:  they were amid very fecund land, which was lush-green for the most part and which yielded all sorts of crops and fruit. All they needed to do was to put a hoe to the ground or simply reach a hand out to a branch of a tree and their stomachs would be forever satiated.

Also, given the incessant headache to which his own chosen people had subjected him, Adad did not wish them to live lengthy lives. The shorter their lifespan, the less the ramifications of the troubles they would give him.    As such, he forbade the production of Ormus indefinitely, so that there would no longer be the likes of Moses and Aaron to live up to a hundred years.  The total lifespan for mankind was now capped at three-score-and-ten – 70 years. Only those who had particularly special genes, or who had privileged knowledge of how to sustain longevity, would breach the cap.  

Since the Israelites were constantly on the move, the rite of circumcision for newly-born Israelite children had been suspended. It meant that every male who was born during the wilderness years sported a clothed penis, which was anathema to Adad. Now that the Israelites were to settle into a steady life rhythm, Adad decreed that everybody who was hitherto uncircumcised be made to undergo the rite using “flint knives”. This was at a place they christened Gilgal, a temporary camp site. The circumcision was also in affirmation of the covenant Abraham had made with Nannar-Sin, Adad’s brother who at the time was the god directly dealing with Hebrew affairs.

Aside its own ritualistic merits, the celebration of the first Passover was meant to toast to the Nation of Israel’s arrival in the Promised Land. We all know who Ninurta was. He was Enlil-Jehovah’s firstborn son. Ninurta also went by the name Michael, the lead (arch) “angel” of war (“angel”, or AN-GAL in Sumerian, meaning “Great one of Heaven”, was another term for Anunnaki). In the Bible, this is translated as “Lord of Hosts” or “Commander of the Lord’s Army” in modern versions, the “Lord” being Jehovah-Enlil.

For some reason, Ninurta frowned at the idea of the Israelites’ unconscionably violent invasion of Canaan. So as Joshua led his people toward Jericho, Ninurta intercepted him (JOSHUA 5:13-15), with sword in hand.  Surprisingly, the Bible gives no particulars about what transpired thereafter, only that Joshua was asked to take off his sandals as he stood on holy ground, the same admonition Adad had given Moses at the scene of the Burning Bush.   It’s possible Adad and Ninurta clashed and the Pentateuch writers decided to sweep the confrontation under the carpet. Remember, although the Enlilites now posed as a single god, they were not always in agreement and aberrations here and there were to be expected.

THE FALL OF JERICHO

According to JOSHUA 6:1-5, this is how Jericho fell:
“Now Jericho was shut up inside and out because of the Israelites; no one came out and no one went in.  The LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have handed Jericho over to you, along with its king and soldiers.  You shall march around the city, all the warriors circling the city once. Thus you shall do for six days, with seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark.

On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, the priests blowing the trumpets.  When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and all the people shall charge straight ahead.”

The Israelites did not wage war on Jericho: they brought down the walls of the heavily fortified city by simply blowing on trumpets. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: is this feasible? Can sound bring down walls of concrete? Or was the incident indeed a miracle by a mighty deity?

Until relatively recently, shattering objects using sound strictly belonged to the realm of fiction. Then in 2005, DSTv’s Discovery Channel demonstrated that such a feat was actually possible in real life. In a reality series titled MYTHBUSTERS, a rock singer and vocal coach Jamie Vendera reduced a wine goblet to smithereens at a 105-decibel blast of his pipe – almost as loud as a jackhammer.  This same principle, of directing sound at a brittle object, is used by doctors to break up kidney stones.

What makes the situation in the Jericho case sound rather incredulous is that whilst the walls fell to the trumpet blasts, humans themselves were unaffected. HOW COULD A MIGHTY SOUND THAT REDUCED 12-FOOT-THICK WALLS TO RABBLE LEAVE THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN INTACT? In fact, that kind of sound, by way mightier than that of thunder, would have shattered the eardrums of both the trumpeters themselves and the residents of Jericho. 

Any sound begins to become physically painful at about 120 decibels, although at lower levels it can cause discomfort. At about 130 decibels, it becomes unbearable.So if we discount the biblical version of the event, what is the alternative explanation? Exactly how did the walls of Jericho come tumbling down?

“TRUMPETS” WERE SONIC WEAPONS

What emerges is that the Israelites did not use ordinary trumpets when they marched round Jericho. What they used were what we today call sonic weapons. In modern times, sonic weapons, also called emitters, have been in use since as early as the 70s, although the countries using them (Russia, Britain, the US, UK etc) have not been very open   about their use.  They can be infrasonic or ultrasonic (both not audible to the human senses) or outrightly audible to the human senses. 

Infrasound is usually not heard, but it can be if the power level is sufficient.  Ultrasound begins at about 20 kHz, just above human hearing. INFRASOUND TRAVELS GREAT DISTANCES AND EASILY PASSES THROUGH MOST SOLID STRUCTURES SUCH AS WALLS FOR EXAMPLE. Animals such as dogs, cats, dolphins, and bats can hear ultrasound. Some whales and dolphins use ultrasound to detect their prey and as a weapon to stun them.

Sonic weapons are typically basically sonic rifles and canons which can transmit invisible energy over hundreds of metres. The Nazis are said to have developed a sonic cannon capable of shooting down enemy bombers. In the early 1990s, Russia had created a 10 Hz sonic cannon, which consisted of an infrasonic generator connected to a radar dish. It transmitted invisible projectiles the size of a baseball hundreds of metres at a target. The Wind Canon, for instance, is capable of transmitting an invisible whirlwind of force to effect a considerable blunt impact on a target and can traverse a distance of between 50 to 200 metres.  It strikes with the force of a solid object and can even bounce off structures.

Other types of sonic weapons can interfere with a person’s equilibrium by sending acoustic pulses of energy which disrupt the chemical and mechanical processes of the vestibular system; emit a tightly-focused beam of audible sound to an individual or group at up to 1 kilometre; fire a focused, painful, audible sound up to 100 yards; knock people to the ground by transmitting a high-decibel sound up to 1 kilometre; and deliver debilitating sound at up to 100 yards.

Now listen to this: SONIC WEAPONS PRODUCE BOTH PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS. Not only can they transmit painful audible sound into an individual’s ear but they can also cause negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, or depression, as well as biological symptoms like nausea, vomiting, organ damage, burns, or death — depending on the frequency and power level.

Higher sound levels can liquefy bowels, and resonate the internal organs causing death. Infrasound can also cause feelings of pressure in the chest, choking, irregular breathing patterns, respiratory incapacitation, bowel spasms, pain or damage to internal organs, etc. According to the Acoustic Weapons Prospective Assessment article, which appeared in the Volume 9, 2001 issue of Science and Global Security, infrasound can produce localised earthquakes, avalanches, volcanoes, and waterfalls.

SONIC WEAPONS NEUTRALISE  JERICHOANS

The use of sonic weapons by  Joshua’s army may explain why the  inhabitants of Jericho were so overcome with fear they even shut tight  the gates of the great city, much like an ostrich buries its head into the sand out of  an overwhelming sense of dread and hopelessness.  They were  already psychologically defeated thanks to the  sonic weapons directed at them.

Their victimisation with sonic weapons could also explain why they were unable to resist the Israelites in the slightest. Once they had brought the walls down, the Israelites simply matched into the city without the merest challenge from the enemy. By the time the walls of the city fell,  the Jerichoans had already died en masse or  were dying thanks to the effects of the sonic weapons as highlighted in the previous section. It was a literal walkover.

Archaeologists attribute the fall of Jericho to an earthquake that is reckoned to have occurred between the 16th and 15th century BC. The exodus, in our own view as informed by our own research,  falls in the 14th century BC  timeline, but as we have long demonstrated carbon-dating is not a precise measurement and can be out of kilter for up to 100 years or more. What is of particular significant in the present analysis, however, is that sonic weapons can engender earthquakes and so the walls of Jericho may have come down as a consequence of an earthquake  triggered by the so-called “trumpets” furnished the Israelite soldiers by their god Ishkur-Adad. Remember, the Anunnaki technology was typically mistaken for miracles by the mass of ignorant Earthlings.

In the past, we have brought attention to the matter of Adad’s flying saucer, which the Pentateuch writers dub “the Glory of God”. Either they did not fully understand what they were describing  or they did do all right  but  deliberately chose  to obfuscate matters so as not to give the game away.    By the same token, they would have chosen to call the weapons Israel used against Jericho as trumpets primarily because they closely resembled trumpets and were borne as such.

WAS RAHAB DESERVING OF HER REWARD?

Of the inhabitants of Jericho, only one extended family was spared from the annihilation that affected everybody else. This was Rahab, rewarded for hiding Joshua’s spies. “So the young men who had been spies went in and brought Rahab out, along with her father, her mother, her brothers, and all who belonged to her—they brought all her kindred out—and set them outside the camp of Israel.

They burned down the city, and everything in it; only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. But Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, Joshua spared. Her family has lived in Israel ever since. For she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”  (JOSHUA 6:23-25).

The fact that the entirety of Jericho’s walls were brought down except for that particular point of the wall where Rahab lived further attests to the use of sonic weapons.  As explained above, sonic weapons can be tightly focused on the target so that there is no collateral damage.
But did Rahab deserve the special treatment she received? Doubtless, if the roles were reversed,  so that  she concealed an enemy of Israel and not Israelites themselves  as she actually did, she would have gone into history as the archetypal traitor and might even have been executed. 

She would be as notorious in the Bible as are Judas Iscariot  and Balaam. But since it is an enemy of Israel she betrayed, she has been practically canonised. Clearly, the rule “do  unto others as you would have them do unto you” applied only among the Israelites themselves and did not extend to relations  with other nations.

Because of that one pandering act, Rahab, a prostitute,  would in time become an icon  of the Jewish people. This ex-prostitute  married a Jew called Salmon  and together they had a son called Boaz. Boaz in turn married a Moabite woman known as Ruth, whose story is related in one of the Old Testament  books that bear her name. It is from this union that King David and Jesus descended as the genealogy in the gospel of Matthew clearly lays down.

Meanwhile, General Joshua wanted the ruins of Jericho to be an enduring monument to posterity.  Accordingly, he placed a curse on whoever might in future attempt to rebuild the city in the following words: “Cursed before the LORD be anyone who tries     to build this city—this Jericho! At the cost of his firstborn he shall lay its foundation,     and at the cost of his youngest he shall set up its gates!” (JOSHUA 6:26). In other words, whoever tried to re-establish Jericho would lose his oldest  son as well as his youngest son.

Later, when Ahab was King of Israel, a certain Hiel who had come from Bethel set about rebuilding Jericho. As he laid the city’s foundations, he lost his oldest son Abiram, and upon the city’s completion, he lost his youngest son Segub (1 KINGS 16:34).  Exactly as the General ordered!
     

WEAPON THAT RESEMBLES A TRUMPET: The above image precisely captures how an Israelite soldier would have roughly appeared at  the siege of Jericho. The Bible describes the weapons used to bring down the walls of Jericho as trumpets, but that is not true at all. The “trumpets” were sonic weapons (which to an ignoramus may appear like trumpets), which use sound to demolish a target.

This is basically sound which is outside the range of human auditory senses but which is extremely powerful in its impact anyway. These same sonic weapons can have negative psychological effects on human targets when they are calibrated for that particular purpose, which explains why the inhabitants of Jericho were so overcome with fear long before the Israelites made their approach.  

NEXT WEEK:   THE DAY THE SUN STOOD STILL!

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The Daring Dozen at Bari

8th December 2020
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Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.

The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.

Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.

At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.

Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.

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A Strong Marriage Bond Needs Two

8th December 2020

Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).

This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.

In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.

Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?

Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.

POSITIVITY
Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.

“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)

We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”

UNDERSTANDING

Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.

Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be.  You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”

COMMITMENT

Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.

When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.

ACCEPTANCE

Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.

However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.”
“Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)

COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT

Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.

It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.

Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.

Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.

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Chronic Joblessness: How to Help Curtail it

30th November 2020
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The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.

It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.

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