What with all that has been happening in Ukraine (and the sky above it), plus Gaza, Syria has quite disappeared from the news. We saw this earlier with Darfur where, for all I know, massacres are still taking place. Few things undermine confidence in the press so much as its fruit-fly-like attention span.
Probably I could bone up on Syria or Darfur by Googling (or maybe not?). But that doesn't get the mainstream press off the hook.
I was put in mind of this because of a remark in an article by A.N. Wilson (Telegraph, Dec. 25 2013):
"President Assad is one of the few Middle Eastern leaders to protect Christians and their ancient shrines, and since the outbreak of civil war, Christians have paid the price for being the tyrants beneficiaries".
(Wilson, as you may know, is the witty and fluent British journalist/biographer whose books before 2009 reflected his skepticism and indeed atheism. But in that year he returned to his early Christian faith. I'm reading his Paul: The Mind of the Apostle, which was written in his atheist period but is full of admiration for its subject).