There is nothing new, modern, progressive or enlightened about murdering children.
The inhabitants of the land of Caanan were very, very evil individuals, murdering children was just one of their evil activities.
God raised up Joshua to deal with such individuals.
A typical verse from the book of Joshua, illustrating how God used Joshua as an avenger, an executioner of divine wrath.
Joshua 11:14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.
Joshua 12, gives a list of the individuals and places Joshua had to straighten out.
9 The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one;
10 The king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;
11 The king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;
12 The king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;
13 The king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;
14 The king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;
15 The king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;
16 The king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;
17 The king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;
18 The king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;
19 The king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one;
20 The king of Shimronmeron, one; the king of Achshaph, one;
21 The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;
22 The king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one;
23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; the king of the nations of Gilgal, one;
24 The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.
The whole book of Joshua is well worth study.
God raised up Joshua and gave him a very menacing persona which struck fear into people. The Bible describes it this way. Jos 4:14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
God also gifted Joshua with the necessary military aptitude and ruthless inclination to carry out the necessary task. Not only did the evil inhabitants of Caanan murder children, they were also riddled with what is known today, as “sexually transmitted diseases,” which made it imperative that they be exterminated.
Joshua was the first supreme military commander of the Hebrew people.
A mural was unveiled commemorating John Henry Patterson, who became the first military commander of the Hebrew people for almost 2,000 years, John Henry Patterson was following in the the footsteps first began by Joshua.
Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.