quasi in rem

Friday, February 20, 2004

The Passion of Christ, Pontius Pilot and Paul Bremer

Watching some of the stills and clips today further encouraged me to go see the Passion when it comes out on Wednesday..

And juxtaposing those pictures with Paul Bremer's statements today in occupied Iraq created quite the image. that image was brought into focus when Rabbi Joe Potasnik of the New York Board of Rabbis on Fox News (Greta Van Sustern's show), in commenting on the history protrayed in the movie, said that it was ridiculous to think that Pontious Pilot, with the full weight and power of Rome behind him, would be intimidated or influenced by the local Jewish population into doing something he did not want to do.

Ridiculous? Tell that to Paul Bremer, who is faced with kowtowing to the wishes of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and the Shi'ite Muslims on Iraq's Governing Council. The United States now must pay their pound of flesh to the Muslim clerics and change their plans for a pure federal system or face massive protests.

It turns out that no matter what the time period, and no matter what the might, numbers matter. And the numbers are against the United States in Iraq for a smooth transition, just like they were against the Romans in ancient Israel.

It almost makes you feel bad for Pilot. Well not really.

(This post in no way means to compare Paul Bremer to Pontious Pilot; Muslim Clerics to Jewish Leaders, Jesus to Allah, the United States to Ancient Rome, George Bush to Ceasar or Mel Gibson to Pliny the Elder)

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