First They Came For the Baha’is….

There is a common misconception that Iran’s restrictions on the right to worship freely apply only to members of the Baha’i religion. But while the Islamic republic has reserved the most vicious forms of persecution for the adherents of this gentle faith — whose numbers, according to some estimates, have dwindled from around 500,000 at the time of the 1979 revolution to just 150,000 now — the situation of Iranian Christians is little better.

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First They Came For the Baha’is….

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Blame Voters

The kid gloves come off.

No one should be too proud of the fact that the election of a Democrat to the U.S. Senate from Alabama over a spectacularly flawed, theocratic, credibly accused child abuser with a unique contempt for the law came as a surprise. And yet, it did, and the implications of that shock Democratic victory prompted the formation of a particularly animated circular firing squad. With a once-safe Senate majority now in real peril for 2018, Republicans are looking for someone to blame. Fortunately for them, theirs is a target-rich environment.

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Steve Bannon Defanged

Out of his league.

Roy Moore’s defeat in Tuesday’s special election in Alabama has many salutary effects. It ensures that a man credibly accused of preying on teenagers won’t get anywhere close to the U.S. Senate, the world’s greatest deliberative body. It also means that his nutsy ideas–he opposes Muslims running for high office, believes Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S., and thinks America would have been better off without most of the Amendments to the Constitution–won’t be broadcast from a prestigious national stage. And it bars the left from tarring every elected Republican with Moore’s creepiness (the personal and ideological).

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The Future of the GOP With No Moore Roy

Podcast: Moore-osity

The stunning result in the Alabama special election offers the crew at the COMMENTARY podcast (me, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and Sohrab Ahmari) a chance to reflect on how we got here, what this says about Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, and whether hatches can be sufficiently battened down to withstand the tidal wave coming for the Republican Party in 2018. Give a listen.

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The Mainstream Media’s Misdirection on Jerusalem

Revisionism.

Mainstream media outlets like to complain about “fake news” emanating from sources other than themselves, but the mainstream media itself has taken fake news to new heights in its recent coverage of Jerusalem. Leading media outlets have asserted, inter alia, that Jews never cared about Jerusalem until a few decades ago, that Jews didn’t live in East Jerusalem before 1967, and that Jordan protected freedom of worship in the city.

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Mission Creep in Syria

Dereliction.

Just over one year ago, President-elect Donald Trump stood alongside his choice for defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis and outlined his philosophy on what constitutes the appropriate use of the U.S. armed forces. Trump promised an end to the decades of “intervention and chaos” and vowed to rebuild the military “because we’re all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn’t be fighting in.” It was the kind of boilerplate noninterventionist rhetoric to which Trump had appealed throughout the campaign, but it was never realistic. Trump inherited America’s intractable post-9/11 commitments abroad as well as the public weariness that accompanies them. The administration has found a novel way to navigate this dilemma: maintain America’s troop commitments overseas, and perhaps even expand them, but keep the public in the dark about the details.

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