ellens wrote:... it shows how David can defeat Goliath, in spite of the size differential. ... The real software is brainpower. And thankfully, Israel still has a large superiority in that over all of its Arab and Muslim neighbors.
It's interesting that you choose what may be the most misunderstood biblical allusion in history here. That story is not about the little guy, against all odds, beating the big guy. That's a bit of a romantic interpretation. In fact, it is about the brave but also smart guy with the stand-off weapon beating the lummox with the heavy armor and the close combat weapons. The sling in the hands of a skillful user was deadly. It could accelerate a billiard ball size stone to speeds in excess of 60 mph (88 fps). Judges 20: 15-16 says the tribe of Benjamin had an elite group of 700 southpaws who could sling shots "at a hairs breadth and not miss."
There's a comparable scene in film. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is suddenly confronted with a huge, scimitar wielding opponent, He dismissively draws his .357 and shoots him. A pious (perhaps overly) preacher of my acquaintance once said "David chose five 'smooth' (that is, 'spherical' as well as 'not coarse') stones because Goliath had four brothers." In fact, I think David was making a humble calculation: I may miss once or twice, or hit his armor, but give me five shots and I'll nail this uncircumcised loser between the eyes.
A favorite Spenglerism of mine is "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. But that's the way to bet." Goliath never had a chance. The smart money was on David, but he was the only one who knew it. And thus, Saul has slain his thousands, but David his ten thousands.
Stay sharp, David. Goliath's brothers are still out there.