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I wonder if that dynamic is not limited merely to Islamic evil. I suspect that the U.S. media generally reports all international news - whether evil or not - unless it somehow directly impinges on American interests.

For example, there's been a sectarian conflict between Christians and Muslims raging in Nigeria for several years now. Christian attacks on Muslim towns - most notoriously the massacre of more than 600 Muslims in Yelwa by members of the Christian Tarok group - offer an opportunity for us to reflect on how universal the dangers of religious and sectarian violence can be:

Nor is there frequent U.S. media coverage of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda/Sudan, a truly horrific group that claims to want to establish a "biblical" society based on the Ten Commandments:

But neither the Nigerian nor Ugandan conflicts often make it above the fold or to the lead in the nightly news. A missed opportunity for members of all faiths to recognize that fervor in religious identification, if misplaced, can lead to extremism no matter what the religion.

Again, I suspect that the true culprit is that Americans have little appetite for international news in general if it doesn't directly and immediately affect them or their interests. Much of the evil in the world caused by radical religious groups - whatever the religion - falls under that category. I don't think it's limited to Islamic evil.

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