As you say, it is unwise to forget history. If one looks at the whole story of Masada, one sees that it did not have to happen. Unfortunately, the Jewish people stupidly started a war they hadn't the slightest possibility of winning. If they hadn't, there is every likelihood Israel would have continued to exist and nearly all its population wouldn't have been killed or forced into slavery.
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