reply to post by Shiloh7
Your're thinking in terms of modern states with stable boundaries, and that's not the case here.
Read the history of the centuries immediately before the fall of Jerusalem, and you will realise just how accurate the term "land-grabbing" really
The first great power controlling that area was Egypt (but that was by right of conquest, so it was no more a "moral" claim than any other
Then the Israelites established themselves in the power vacuum that resulted when Egyptian power receded.
Later they came under the pressure from the east, especially from Syria.
But these lesser powers were overshadowed when the power of the Assyrians began expanding.
It was the Assyrians who moved in from tne north and took the northern kingdom of Israel into exile (722 B.C.), before moving on to besiege
A century later, various victims of Assyrian power, including the Babylonians and the Jews, banded together and rebelled, and the result was the
destruction of Ninevah (612 B.C.)
Now you tell me; where, in all that, does Babylon gain any legal or moral claim to demand tribute from Jerusalem?
"Tribute", in those days, was the international equivalent of protection money.
It is like one of your neighbours knocking at your front door and telling you "If you pay me a large amount of money each week, I can make sure nobody
breaks in all your windows".
You may see a connection between not paying the money and having your windows broken, and decide to pay the money, but would you call that a
Or would you call it a submission to the threat of force?
"Tribute" is the same thing. "If you pay me a huge sum of gold every year, I can make sure nobody comes with a large army and seizes captives from
And the sophistication of the civil service is beside the point.
The organisation of the Nazi state was highy elaborate, but you don't think that gave Hitler a legitimate right to seize whatever he wanted from
France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Denmark...
Or do you?
PS I've just noticed the phrase "writing our people's history". Perhaps I should point out that I'm not Jewish., so that inference is not valid.
edit on 13-6-2013 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)