As a rule I abhor the modern English language practice of using nouns as verbs. However, given that it is Holy Week and given that it is the perfect allusion, allow me to paraphrase Daniel Henninger: Big Guy just “Pontius Pilated” the Ukraine. It is an accurate, if awkward, construction.
"The White House reiterated that no lethal assistance was planned" to help Ukraine defend itself. The U.S., however, did send ready-to-eat meals. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's comments were antiseptic: "The Ukrainian government has a responsibility to provide law and order." It is fitting that churchgoers the world over this week are hearing the story of Pontius Pilate.
Mr. Henninger’s point is that the Ukraine is about to fall to Russia without much more than a whimper from the West.
The West didn't lose Ukraine, an independent nation of 45 million people. It simply let it go.
Having learned the wrong lesson from history, the really big brains are doomed to repeat it.
The West's intellectuals often diminish the significance of the Cold War. They say it didn't matter much, that the Soviet Union unwound on its own. No small number of these thinkers were half-sorry to see this "flawed" experiment in income-equality fail.
Ah yes, with progressives it’s never the idea of collectivism that fails, butt rather the flawed implementation of that noble idea. Rather than change the ideal, they change the facts.