Wednesday (finally!) briefs

Islam’s famous religious tolerance strikes again: Christians are now officially the most persecuted faith in the world. Muslim nations do not tolerate them.

Government agents shut down Iran’s largest Persian-language Pentecostal church Monday, just one week after one of its pastors was arrested and hauled away midway through a worship service.

The Pope said this week that 100,000 Christians are being murdered for their faith every year. And who is killing them? Mostly Muslims. You know, the ones from that religion of peace and tolerance.

Russia has never liked the Jews: Russian history repeats itself. The former Soviet Union is arming Syria with advanced weapons that could hurt Israel’s navy, air force, and civilian population. Why? To make sure that its client state remains its client state. They’re not even hiding their motive. So Israel is now warning Russia that if a ship with advanced missiles shows up on the way to Syria, it may find itself a victim of a few missiles itself. The good news is the deal isn’t done yet. But this could get very interesting. What will Russia do if Israel kills Russians on the way to arming Syria? The deed will not be done in Israeli territory, and will doubtless spawn a UN frenzy. Oh, and the Russians are moving ahead with their plans for Syria over the objections of the U.S. Looks like that reset button didn’t work, huh?

Judge Doom strikes Toontown: Yes, really. Click the link. There was an explosion in a trash can in Toontown at Disneyland.

Haredi are in the army now: There’s the Ynet take, which is that compromises were made. And there is the Reuters take, which is that Israel “wobbled” over changing the law that exempts haredi students from the draft. The anti-Israel media bias: Alive and well.

The AP buries the lead: You have to dig really deep down in this article about Hezbullah fighters in Syria to find this gem:

Once lauded in the Arab world as a heroic resistance movement that stood up to Israel, Hezbollah has seen its popularity plummet in the region because of its staunch support for Assad. The blatant intervention in Syria even drew rare criticism from the Lebanese president this week.

The headline? “Fighting in Syria, Hezbollah charts risky course”

This is an unbelievably kind piece about foreign troops fighting a war in another state–the foreign troops being the so-called defenders of “the resistance” against Israel. That’s Hezbullah’s entire raison d’etre. It’s what they used as an excuse to refuse to disband. And the AP glosses over the entire concept. Just imagine the headlines if Israel takes out the ship carrying Russian anti-aircraft missiles. Oh, wait–you don’t have to. Just go back and search for the headlines when Israel took out Syria’s nuclear reactor. Media bias? Yeah, we got that.

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