The Martyrs No One Cares About

The blood of innocent

Christian missionaries
spills on Afghan sands. The
world watches and yawns. The

United Nations
offers nothing more than a formal
expression of "concern." Where is the global
uproar over the human rights abuses unfolding before our

For two weeks, a group of South Korean
Christians has been held hostage by

Taliban thugs in Afghanistan
. This is the largest
group of foreign hostages taken in Afghanistan since
Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001. What was their
offense? Were they smuggling arms into the country? No.
Inciting violence? No. They were peaceful

believers in Christ
on short-term medical and
humanitarian missions. Seventeen of the 23 hostages are

Most of them are nurses who provide social
services and relief.

Over the past few days, the

jihadists have

demanded that South Korea immediately withdraw troops
from the Middle East,
pay ransom and trade the
civilian missionaries for imprisoned Taliban fighters.
The Taliban leaders have made good on threats to kill
the kidnapped Christians while Afghan officials plead
fecklessly that their monstrous behavior is

Two men, 29-year-old

Shim Sung-min
and 42-year-old

Pastor Bae Hyeong-gyu
, have already been shot to
death and dumped in the name of Allah. Bae was a married
father with a 9-year-old daughter. According to Korean
media, he was from a devout Christian family from the
island province of Jeju. He helped found the

Saemmul Church
south of Seoul, which sent the
volunteers to Afghanistan.

Across Asia, media coverage is 24/7.
Strangers have held nightly prayer vigils. But the human
rights crowd in America has been largely AWOL. And so
has most of our mainstream media. Among some of the
secular elite, no doubt, is a blame-the-victim apathy:
The missionaries deserved what they got. What were they
thinking bringing their message of faith to a war zone?
Didn`t they know they were sitting ducks for Muslim
head-choppers whose idea of evangelism is

"convert or die"


noted the media shoulder-shrugging

jihadist targeting
of Christian missionaries five
years ago during the kidnapping of American Christian

Martin and Gracia Burnham
in the Philippines—which
ended in the death of Martin Burnham. The silence is
rooted in viewing committed Christians as alien others.
At best, there is a collective callousness. At worst,
there is outright contempt—from Ted Turner`s reference
to Catholics as "Jesus freaks" to CBS producer
Roxanne Russell`s casual insult of former GOP
presidential candidate

Gary Bauer

"the little nut from the Christian group"
to the
mockery of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney`s
Mormon faith.

Curiously, those who argue that we need
to "understand" Islamic terrorists demonstrate
little effort to "understand" the Christian
evangelical missionaries who risk their lives to spread
the gospel—not by sword, but through acts of compassion,
healing and education. An estimated 16,000 Korean
mission workers risk their lives across the globe—from

to the
Middle East,

and North Korea.

These are true practitioners of a
religion of peace, not the

with bombs and AK-47s strapped to their
chests who slay instead of pray their way to martyrdom.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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