Xinjiang Explained in 4 Minutes – If you care about people, Uyghurs, XinJiang, Spare four minutes to understand properly!
by Chris Kanthan of World Affairs Blog
The extremely complex and controversial topic of Uyghurs in China is quickly demystified below. Basically, it’s about three things: separatism, terrorism, and geopolitics.
- The crux of the matter is about separatism
- A tiny fraction of Uyghurs demand their own country. They call it “Turkistan” (or East Turkestan) and want it to be created out of China’s Xinjiang province.
- No country in world history has tolerated separatism and secession.
- Separatist demands are not reasonable
- Uyghurs are 0.7% of China’s population. And the separatists want Xinjiang, which is four times the size of Germany or 16% of China’s land area! Not gonna happen.
- Uyghurs in urban areas like Urumqi are secular and they definitely don’t want to live in an Islamic state run by religious extremists.
- The US bombs Uyghurs and other Muslims, while demonizing China
- There are thousands of Uyghur terrorists in Afghanistan. And guess what? The U.S. bombs and kills them! Oh, the US also captures Uyghurs and sends them to Guantanamo to be tortured. Are those actions better than China sending the jihadists to education and job-training programs???
- The U.S. spent $6 trillion bombing numerous Muslim countries and created 50 million Muslim refugees over the last 20 years. And the U.S. is crying about Uyghur human rights??
- (4.) Good Jihadists, Bad Jihadists
- Uyghur jihadists in Afghanistan or Syria are bad when they threaten NATO/U.S. military. However, when these jihadists go back to China, they are portrayed by the West as freedom fighters or innocent victims. Sheer hypocrisy.
- (5) U.S. role in creating Uyghur jihadists
- In the 1980s, the U.S. recruited, funded, trained, and armed Islamic militants (“Mujahedeens”) from all over the world to fight the USSR in Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, thousands of Uyghurs joined this jihad, since Afghanistan shares a border with Xinjiang.
- Uyghur militants colluded with Bin Laden and created a group called “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” or ETIM, which is designated as a terrorist group by the U.N
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