Turkey today is in accord with the EU (including the UK and us) by being, helpfully, a safe haven for Syrian refugees. It says so - clearly. But yesterday the shoot-to-kill action of Turkish border guards against Syrian refugees was reported. Eighteen dead – at least. And thousands more await entry – outside Turkey’s border.
Genocide – and retaliation. That’s the picture that the eyes of an a-moral Artificial Intelligence saw in human beings. The Guardian commented: “Some of Tay’s most coherent hate-speech had simply been copied and adapted from the vast store of anti-Semitic abuse that had been previously tweeted.”
The incident in bold above, dating from around AD 30, again indicates that genocidal intentions are nothing new to humankind. At this first-century AD stage in history, fierce competition existed between Samaria and Jerusalem. This also was nothing new. It was there around 930 BC when that part of Israel (Samaria) broke away from King Solomon of Jerusalem.
Today the land that was Samaria is now a part of Israel – the “West Bank”.
So….. For 1,000 years until Jesus came Samaritans and Jews (from Judah) despised one another. And when Jesus came, two of his own followers, the disciples James and John, wanted to call down fire to burn up the inhabitants of a Samaritan village. And, 2,000 years later the West Bank knows no peace.
Why did Jesus’ followers desire the genocide of other human beings? The stated reason was because “the people did not receive Jesus.” But underlying that was deep-seated antagonism – the kind of antagonism shown by Microsoft Tay to pervade the internet and Twitter – the kind of antagonism which pervades human beings when push comes to shove.