Friday, April 09, 2004

Good Friday

I had this thought last night as I watched on TV a piece about the trial and death of Jesus. I wondered whether, thousands of years later to the day, the United States, as armed occupier of a chunk of land just a bit to the north of Jerusalem, would find and kill Mutaqa al-Sadr and thereby make him a martyr to the muslims, inflaming them against our empire. I realize the parallels aren't parallel in many respects, but one appears so: The use of military force--bombing, killing--by opposing ideologies and policies to enforce their will on each other.

So--two millenia later, we "Christians" have learned nothing from our long-ago teacher and martyr; and neither have the Muslims.

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