this was firstly going to be a news post, then i put too much of my opinion into it.
for those that havent been following this about-to-begin conflict over the past couple of weeks between Ethiopia and Eritrea
-predominately-Christian Eritrea might have been harboring or arming militant groups, including Ethiopian groups as well as Somali-based Islamic Al-Shabab,
-whom (Al-Shabab) in turn attacks predominately-Christian Ethiopia, because
-they (Ethiopia), with US backing and fighting alongside the Somali Federalist troops, has been venturing into Somalia to try to uproot the Al-Shabab rebels
the reason these Christian-Eritrea is sponsoring Islamic terrorism against Christian Ethiopia (i say Christian because the countries are statistically majority Christian and the Presidents are both Christian) is because they are still sour at each other from their last 1990s border-dispute war.
Restraint urged after Ethiopia raids Eritrea - Africa - Al Jazeera English
Shabab and Ethiopian troops clash in Somalia - Africa - Al Jazeera English
and so you dont have to look up a map
-and now, less than 2 countries over, we have the US in its aid to South Sudan (predominately Christian), which is a government that came to power through a separatist group (SPLM) whom, although they had legit reasons to separate from the Muslim-Arab north, they were just as immoral in employing summary executions, targeting of non-combatants, and child soldiers.
IRIN Africa | SUDAN: SPLM/A begins demobilising child soldiers in Upper Nile | Sudan | Children
, as well as its/our (US) aid to Uganda (predominately Christian) and advisers to try to fight Joseph Kony (a man who calls himself a Christian) that some argue was only able to come to power because of the central Ugandan government's brutal pacification of competing factions in the last coup (which brought that government to power) that resulted in human rights abuses, including concentration camps, murders, rapes, use of child soldiers, exc.
Uganda | Child Soldiers Global Report 2008
while this post is intended to be more informational than argumentative, i think the one thing that is clear, is that most of the governments in Africa and the Middle East are completely effed up, the peoples are unable of making a semi-responsible, effective, and non-overly-militarized government, and this clearly cuts across "religious" divisions.