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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, April 09, 2004

The Cats had kittens: It must have been al Qaeda

IHT: Philip Bowring: Blaming Al Qaeda for everything:

"From Uzbekistan to Mindanao, from southern Thailand to Chechnya, from Iraq to Xinjiang, government responses to local insurgencies are creating a climate whose chief beneficiary is Al Qaeda."

Could not have said it better. This quick article says nothing new but we have to keep reminding ourselves that al Qaeda is not this all pervasive, all strong, octupus of an organisation that threatens the world.

So much pain and suffering and even death has been visited upon innocent people all over the world in the name of the "War on Terror". The Uyghurs of Xinjiang are a case very much in point.

The world's bumbling rush to take the "war" to al Qaeda provided the Chinese government the excuse to further repress the Uyghur for no other reason than they were Muslim and it allowed the Chinese to mask their true objectives from the international community.

The rooting out of terror wherever it may be is an important objective of free nations but in doing that let us not lose our objectivity , let us not go tilting at every windmill thinking that it is al Qaeda. let us not let our politicians manipulate us with the "War on terror" for their own political objectives.

I have said it before and I will say it again; In our "war on terror" let us not throw the baby out with the bathwater.