Red China vs Islamists: When Totalitarianism collides

by Infidelesto on July 6, 2008 · 9 comments

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Personally, I feel for both sides.

Washington Post

Radical Islam stirs in China’s remote west

KASHGAR, China (Reuters) – In a backstreet of the old Silk Road city of Kashgar, the Chinese government has been spray-painting signs on dusty mud brick walls to warn against what it says is a new enemy — the Islamic Liberation Party.

Better known as Hizb ut-Tahrir, the group says its goal is to establish a pan-national Muslim state, or Caliphate.

China says Hizb ut-Tahrir are terrorists, and claim they operate in the far western region of Xinjiang, home to some 8 million Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs, many of whom chafe under Chinese rule.

But the group, and some observers, say they do not espouse violence, and they accuse China of playing up the threat as an excuse to further crack down in restive Xinjiang, especially ahead of this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

“Strike hard against the Islamic Liberation Party” and “The Islamic Liberation Party is a violent terrorist organization” read the signs in Kashgar, written in red in both Chinese and Uighur’s Arabic-based script.

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  • Storm-Rider

    The Russian Communists also hated the German Nazis during World War II; so the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Neither Communist China nor Totalitarian Islamists believe that all men are created equal. Neither Communist China nor Totalitarian Islamists believe in the God-given rights of man – the rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Neither Communist China nor Totalitarian Islamists believe in just government power which derives through the consent of the governed.

    What we have here are two wolfpacks fighting over a dominant position in regards to the sheep.

  • Rudy

    Maybe we get lucky and they maul each other. One can hope.

  • G-money

    At least China is a police state. They should be able to handle political descent just like Mao did.

  • txnick77

    I’ve been to Hong Kong and Macau, what surprised me the most was the large mosque in HK. I suspect China is on the islamist’s wish list. Too much freedom there, I suppose. Or is it because they allow their women to go about unveiled?

  • jennyjen

    Hopefully they will take each other out in some strange ninja-jihad type battle LOL!

  • Bad Bear Dog

    Jet Li can handle any jihad problem with one fist behind his back.

  • Yank in Germany

    With the attack on the Chinese border post today…..
    What Muslims in China?  Are there Muslims in China?
    There are only Chinese in China.

  • Kal

    Yank,

    If you do some research you will learn about Uighurs, a turkic ethnic group related to the Uzbeks. They live in the western province of Xinjiang, which shares a border with Kazakhstan, Kyrgysztan, and Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and (depending on who you ask) Pakistan. So yes there are muslims in China. It is a global jihad they have been waging for the last 1432 years, by their own admission, against ALL non-believers, be they Christian, Buddhist, Jew, Atheist, etc…

  • http://plancksconstant.org/ bernie

    China has more than 25 million Muslims.  You don’t hear much about them because China keeps a tight lid on them regarding what sermons they can preach and (obviously) on how fast they can reproduce.

    The Chinese government is like a broken clock, they are wrong on so many things but on controlling Muslims they are right twice a day.