The Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah is broadcasting on its TV station a 40-second clip simulating the trailer for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" that takes aim at the U.S. military presence in Iraq.
The spot reportedly shows Iraqi prisoners' humiliation at the hands of U.S. troops as a parallel to the torture of Jesus Christ at the hands of the Romans and the Jews.
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"The suffering of Jesus Christ is a universal theme," explained the TV station's top political official. "It is something everyone, including us as Muslims, believes in."
Muslims revere Jesus Christ as a prophet, but not as the messiah. They believe someone else was crucified in his place.
The clip starts with images of Iraqi suffering, including a U.S. soldier kicking an Iraqi prisoner and a man and woman cowering in terror as troops burst into their home. The words "No Mercy" and "No Compassion" are flashed on the screen.
Then, with the movie's familiar soundtrack in the background, the words 'The Passion of the Iraqis" appear on the left side of the screen next to the photo of a hooded Iraqi prisoner standing on a box with wires attached to his outstretched arms.