In the wake of carrying out death sentences on all boys under the age of 2 in Bethlehem and surrounding districts, the government stands by its claim that the actions were necessary for the stability and welfare of the country at large. The official report is that there was a insurgence brewing. In order to avoid embroiling the region in war, they sought to round-up the ring leader, no matter what his age. It is thought that he was killed in the attack. A government spokesperson remarked that further action is not anticipated. Many observers, stunned at the brutality and carnage, are quick to question the king’s intentions. The proportion of parents in mourning is overwhelming the communities. Reference is being made to a prophecy of Jeremiah’s which predicts just such a massacre in this locale.