Joe Biden is our Ikhnaton.
Ikhnaton was an Egyptian ruler in 1350 B.C. His son is the more famous King Tut. Ikhnaton’s his father was the famed Egyptian King Amenhotep III, designer of the great Luxor in Egypt, among other monuments.
Amenhotep lead Egypt through an era of expansion and regional dominance for 38 years. Other nations-States feared Amenhotep because they knew he was a sagacious ruler and military strategist. It was this leadership that guided the north-African nation through decades of prosperity. And while Amenhotep was much-loved by his people, Amenhotep IV, who changed his name to Ikhnaton, was the farthest thing from a beloved pharoah.
For reference, Ikhnaton predates Moses by about 130 years, a time when Egypt was more or less the capital of the world. Egypt had major control and influence throughout the Middle East and along the Northern Africa coastline. The Nile was the flourishing cultural center of the then-civilized world, and you could say Egypt was much like the U.S.; she had enormous military as well as cultural influence throughout the Mediterranean.
Ikhnaton was so hated his predecessors tried to remove him from the pages of history. He nearly destroyed Egypt in the 27 years he ruled.
Even his son, the great King Tutankhamen modified his name (from Tutankhaten) so as to reduce the embarrassment of being associated with his father.
What did Ikhnaton do that made him such a loser in the eyes of his people?
He was a pacifist. Egypt was losing its hegemony in the world to smaller tribes like the Hittites in Canaan, as well as the wandering nomad tribes along the lower Nile Valley.
Human nature hasn’t changed much in four thousand years. If you have the gold or are the king of the mountain, there will always be others who want to take what you have. A weak Egyptian ruler who loved peace was not what made others respect Egypt. It was her strentgh and power. She was glory.
Ikhnaton tried to change the culture of his people to make them more peace-loving like him. throwing festivals designed to celebrate pride and love for Aten,
Ikhnaton was a modern day version of a Jimmy Carter, or Barack Obama. He didn’t believe in battle, he wanted (and believed) that if you retreat and play nice the world would be a better place and everyone could just get along.
History would have forgotten this discarded peacenik who almost ruined Egypt were it not for the discovery of a city Armana built in honor of his peace-God Aten.
There it was discovered massive structures and statues to celebrate Aten, to celebrate the “fundamentally transformed” Egypt.
You could say Ikhnaton was so preoccupied with peace, love and tolerance that his enemies no longer feared Ikhnaton once they realized he wouldn’t put up a fight.
This peace-King also alienated many of his “vassals” or tribes who felt they had the protection of Egypt, but who were destroyed when tribes such as the Hittites from Syria destroyed the Mitannis tribe, once a rival but turned ally-of Egypt during Amenhoteps’ reign just decades previous.
Ikhnaton, for example, knew the Hittites were coming for the Mitannis, but he refused to help. Several times letters from the Mitanni leader calling for help from the armies of Egypt went unanswered, except only one, when the Egyptian king complained about being bothered by such pleas.
Egyptologists describe Ikhnaton as “a pacifist” who neglected foreign policy nor expanding Egypt’s foreign territories, but rather, focused instead on his internal reforms, like building a new capital city and creating a new culture dedicated to his sun-god.
As stated in Wikipedia, “Historian Henry Hall believed Ikhnaton succeeded by his obstinate doctrinaire love of peace in causing far more misery in his world than half a dozen elderly militarists could have done.” while James Henry Breasted said the pharoah “was not ﬁt to cope with a situation demanding an aggressive man of affairs and a skilled military leader.” Others noted that the Amarna letters counter the conventional view that Ikhnaton neglected Egypt’s foreign territories in favour of his internal reforms.”
A powerful country losing power because it’s leader wants everyone to think he is a nice guy and who simply isn’t up for a fight, a leader who wants to transform it to something in his own image?
And when Ikhnaton conducted battle, just once in his twenty-seven years of rule, it was against a small Nubian Tribe along the lower Nile river who didn’t put up much of a fight anyway.
In short, Ikhnaton was willing to undermine his own countries great wealth and power at a time when the world was not ready for benign leadership. Most of the world lie in barbarism.
Ikhnaton devotion to Aten was paid for in death, the death of his supporters, his allies and even other smaller nation-states who needed strength at a time when brutality ruled the world.
History reflects rare moments where great empires acquiesce to weakness when in posession of so much power. Even Rome took several centuries to “fall.”
Ironically, it is believed Ikhnaton and three of his daughters died from a plague, a virus that may have entered into Egypt when they brought slaves in from other regions of the Middle East.
Americans too, may one day become so embarrassed by the utter failure of this president, they may also wish to remove Biden’s name from the pages of history. As it is during our greatest time of triumph, this tepidly weak man also causes death ffom poor decisions he believes are correct.
Depending on how much damage Joe Biden unleashes upon the world in the remaining 3.25years of his presidency, Biden will always be assured a top spot on the list of world leaders who had good intentions – but took everyone with him on the road to hell.