While the start of this week marked the beginning of the month of Ramadan for
Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslims, China’s Communist authorities are reportedly cracking
down on Muslim religious activity.
The Web site for the town of Yingmaili currently lists nine rules put in place to control the Muslim holy month in the name of “maintaining stability during Ramadan.”
The list includes barring teachers and students from observing Ramadan, requiring men to shave their beards, forcing women to take off their veil’s, prohibiting mosques from letting people from outside the town stay the night, forbidding retired government officials from entering mosques, and requiring restaurants to maintain normal hours of operation.
(C e-L note: "Xinjiang" is the Communist label for East Turkestan)
I know of no other place on Earth where such restrictions have fallen upon the Muslim faith (except in other Communist regimes like the Korean colony, which insists the viceroy is just fine - BBC, CNN, and the Washington Post). Yet for the Communist regime, this is the tip of the iceberg. In its brutal occupation of formerly independent East Turkestan, the cadres have killed more Muslims than all eight medieval Crusades combined. The only entity that ever killed more followers of Islam was the Soviet Red Army.
How has al Qaeda responded? A sprinkle of lip service.
This is not to say the people of East Turkestan should welcome al Qaeda's "aid" - they can consult the people of Chechnya to discover what a disastrous move that would be. It is to say that on top of being bloodthirsty murderers and illiterate extremists, the terrorist group is also a bunch of rack hypocrites. Why? Because they know who butters the bread.
Lest anyone forget, the Communists have been al Qaeda's best friends for years; not just as a way to keep al Qaeda out of East Turkestan, but to build it up for use against the democratic world. Al Qaeda isn't alone either; Iran, Syria, Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban all benefited from the CCP's combination of military largess, anti-Americanism, and desire to keep its own fingerprints off any operations.
Thus, the non-Muslim world is inundated with false propaganda about "crusaders" who merely wish to beat back radical Wahhabism, Ba'athism, or Khomeinism, while the one regime that really does want to extinguish genuine Islam in any form is given a free pass.
This is yet another reminder that American and her allies will never be secure until China is free.