The Taliban has released 8 of the 19 South Korean missionaries it has held hostage while demanding the withdrawal of 200 South Korean troops from Afghanistan. They continue to hold 11 missionaries but has agreed to release them all. The Taliban previously killed 2 of the 5 men captured.

I am perplexed at the lack of media coverage this international incident has received in the United States. I guess we are too preoccupied with Michael Vick’s horrific abuse of dog’s or Lindsay Lohan’s second stint in rehab in a matter of weeks to notice.

When a suspected terrorist goes on a hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, it makes the headlines and the US military is castigated in the town hall known as sensational mass media. But when 23 Christian medical missionaries from one our allies are taken by force by the Taliban, it barely gets mentioned on the back page of our local papers. When Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and later sadly executed by Muslim extremists, we couldn’t escape coverage of his plight. And yet, when the same thing happens to 23 Christians, hardly anyone notices (except for South Koreans).

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