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Lebanon Bus Bombs Target Christians

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1. Lebanon gets worse as Christians targeted
Two commuter buses were bombed Tuesday in the small Christian village of Ain Alak (photos). "Many residents simply shrugged over the culprit's identity, a seeming gesture of weariness over a crisis that has brought Lebanon perilously close to civil war," The Washington Post reports. But everyone agrees that the target was Lebanon's Christian community, and the victims were among the poorer members of that community.

"The buses were packed with students, blue-collar workers, Sri Lankan maids and women making their way to Christian theology lessons," the Los Angeles Times notes.

"The attacks, spaced 10 minutes apart … appeared to mark a new chapter in Lebanon's months-old crisis, with the aim shorn of any apparent political objective beyond killing civilians," says the Post.

If you haven't read our recent coverage of the Lebanon crisis from the perspective of two Lebanese evangelicals, be sure to read Martin Accad's "The 'Jesus ...

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