Mark Twain wrote humorously about his travels through Europe, Africa and the Middle East in The Innocents Abroad. He wrote of seeing a monument near Tangiers that memorialized the migration of Canaanites from the Promised Land to the part of Africa we know today as Morocco. The Canaanites became known as Berbers or Moors. The monument stated:
The monument was described by Procopius of Caesarea who saw it in the Sixth Century. It is not there today. The descendants of the Canaanites/Philistines destroyed it. They have no sense of history.
In 1868 a Christian missionary in the Holy Land discovered a remarkable monument. Brother F. Klein found a black basalt stone about three feet tall with an inscription in Phoenician describing the battle of the Moabite King Mesha and his victory over the Israelites. This was the Mesha who lived at the time of King Ahab as found in Second Kings 3:4. There was a bidding war between the Berlin and Paris museums over the monument. The Arabs, who have never been able to agree among themselves, argued over who would get the money from the sale. Because they could not agree, they heated the stone over a fire and then poured cold water over it, thereby destroying the monument. They have no sense of history.
For untold centuries there has been a building in Shechem, now known as Nablus, which contained the tomb of the patriarch Joseph. The land given to Joseph by Jacob was near Shechem. The Palestinians claimed that this was the tomb of a Muslim holy man named Josef. But on the Day of Atonement, 2000 A.D., the Palestinians smashed the sarcophagus and burned the building that it was in. That was a strange way of showing veneration for a Muslim holy man. This action shows that they do not tell the truth and that they have no sense of history.
A people with no sense of history will not learn from history and are doomed to failure. The Arabs have lived for millennia as they did at the time of Abraham, four thousand years ago. The discovery of oil changed the lives of a chosen few, but many still live as nomads even today.
The Mayflower Compact, a document agreed upon by the original English settlers of America, begins as follows:
Many of the textbooks used in our schools today omit the bold, italicized words in the above preamble. Their agenda is obvious. They are telling a lie to our children by omitting the Truth. They have no sense of history. A people with no sense of history will not learn from history and are doomed to failure. May the Lord have mercy on His children in America.
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