When a Muslim land is attacked, it becomes the individual duty of every Muslim to do what he can to participate in the jihad to defend it. That is the rationale behind Al-Qaeda’s call here, and the background of its grievance-mongering. Note the use of the common Homeric epithet “restive,” always a mainstream media favorite to describe a land engulfed by jihad activity, in the first paragraph. “China: Al-Qaeda urges holy war to defend Muslims,” from AKI, October 7 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Rome, 7 October (AKI) – A leading Al-Qaeda militant on Wednesday called on Muslims worldwide to defend Uighurs in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. He told Uighurs to prepare for a holy war or Jihad and urged a “vast media campaign” to raise awareness of their fate at the hands of “oppressive” China.
In the video posted to jihadist websites, Abu Yahya al-Libi appeared to launch a frontal assault against China.
“This massacre is not being carried out by criminal Crusaders or evil Jews who have committed crimes against our nation,” al-Libi stated.
“Today, a new massacre is being carried out by Buddhist nationalists and communists against the Muslim population in eastern Turkestan,” said al-Libi.
Islamists call Xinjiang East Turkestan. Uighurs are Muslims native to Xinjiang province, and have cultural ties to Turkic peoples in Central Asia.
“There is no way to remove injustice and oppression without a true return to their (Uighurs) religion and … serious preparation for Jihad in the path of God the Almighty and to carry weapons in the face of those (Chinese) invaders,” he said.
“It is a duty for Muslims today to stand by their wounded and oppressed brothers in East Turkestan … and support them with all they can,” al-Libi added.
Al-Libi claims terrible crimes are being perpetrated in Xinjiang “which nobody can see,” urging a media campaign to give these crimes the same visibility as those “carried out by westerners against Muslims.”
He also accused China of using “satanic ways” to oppress Muslims in the province and replace them with other ethnicities while “looting their wealth and undermining their culture and religion.”…