As if we needed any more reminders about how hazardous it is having a country in your neighborhood that serves as a haven and a base for jihad-inspired terrorists. Especially a country that is immediately adjacent to your own. Need anyone be reminded that the group called ‘al Qaeda’, or ‘the base’, has found lasting sanctuary in this very same country.
China has repeatedly found out over the years just how dangerous it can be living next to a den of vipers, i.e. Pakistan. In great contrast to the received wisdom of the international community and mainstream media, China’s recent political and diplomatic overtures to Pakistan, in addition to copious amounts of sustained aid, as well as military and economic cooperation, seem to have had no meaningful effect in reducing the viciousness and determination of the Pakistani jihadists to kill. Perhaps because Allah’s eternal orders in the Quran for Muslims to wage Jihad against infidels preempt all other considerations? From “China blames deadly Xinjiang attack on separatists”, BBC News, 1 August 2011:
China says Muslim separatists trained in Pakistan were behind an attack which killed six civilians in the western region of Xinjiang on Sunday.
In an online statement, the local government said “armed terrorists” stormed a restaurant, killing two, then fatally stabbed four people outside.
Police responding to the attack shot dead five suspects.
When the cops immediately shoot the terrorists dead, you know you’re not in the West (i.e. ‘not in Kansas’) anymore, friends. Western cops can’t be seen as violating anyone’s civil or human rights, don’t cha know.
The attack was part of a week end of violence which left up to 18 people dead.
Kashgar is in west of Xinjiang region, which has a Muslim Uighur population and has seen regular outbreaks of ethnic tension, mainly triggered by the influx of Han Chinese.
Firearms and explosives
The Kashgar city government said suspects captured after the restaurant attack had admitted their leaders had joined the separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and been trained in making firearms and explosives.
The attackers followed “extremist religious ideology” and advocated “jihad”, the statement said.
Note the use of the passive voice — trained in making firearms and explosives by who, exactly? It wouldn’t, perhaps, be the government of Pakistan that’s providing the training, would it? You know, the government that’s supposed to be allied with the US, and the one that’s been lavished with billions in aid from the US in the past ten years, right?
As this is a BBC piece, no further information on the ‘extremist religious ideology’ is provided, nor is there any explanation as to how this ‘extremist ideology’ would be distinguishable or different from Islam.