The legislation aims to condemn China’s crackdown on Islamic separatist terror groups. The Senate is stewing with resolutions that are little more than designated terrorist group CAIR wish lists. Last year they were aimed at defending Qatar, a key sponsor of terror sponsor, the Muslim Brotherhood, over a blockade imposed on it by the Saudis, defending Qatari terror lobbyist Jamal Khashoggi, and demanding that the United States and the Saudis stop bombing Iran’s Houthi terrorists whose motto is, “Death to America.”
FrontpageMag – Daniel Greenfield (h/t Liz) These resolutions were meant to pressure President Trump into reversing his policies and letting Islamic lobbyists and pressure groups like CAIR to set the foreign policy agenda for the United States the way they had under Obama. They disregarded basic facts, such as Khashoggi’s politics, Qatar’s support for terrorism and the Houthis causing the famine in Yemen by ransacking food aid, and instead repeated Islamist propaganda.
Now some Senate Republicans are pushing another terrible idea from the Islamist lobby, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019.
China’s response to Islamic terrorism has been blunt and ruthless. In response to brutal Muslim terrorist attacks inside its borders and a terror force of tens of thousands of Islamic Turkestani separatists in Syria, it has reportedly forced Muslims to violate Ramadan, eat pork and drink alcohol. Mosques have been shut down and Islamic leaders have been detained. Some appear to have died in police custody.
That is how Communist regimes do business. But Senate Republicans appear far less interested in China’s crackdown on Christians, Tibetans or any of China’s many other ethnic or religious non-Muslim minorities who are innocent victims of Communism. China’s crackdown on Christians is only being mentioned in order to rally support for Islamic separatists.
But unlike China’s Muslims, its Christians don’t carry out terrorist attacks or agitate for ethnic separatism. (The same goes for China’s tiny Jewish population) We have an unbroken track record of learning the hard way that when Muslims claim to be the victims of religious repression, supporting them will empower Islamic terrorists and cost American lives.
But the Senate bill demands that President Trump “should develop a strategy to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights”: a figure that any conservative should oppose.
The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act would have us coordinate “diplomatic, political, public diplomacy, financial assistance, sanctions, counterterrorism and security resources” on behalf of Muslim separatists, backed by Turkey and Qatar, in the People’s Republic of China. The Act claims that the People’s Republic of China is only using terrorism as a pretext. (It actually writes “terrorism” and “separatism” in quotation marks as if they were imaginary phenomena.)
This move comes from some of the same Senate members who don’t want us picking a fight with China over its economic exploitation of Americas, but are happy to drag us into a fight over Islamism. It might be understandable if we were picking this fight over China’s treatment of Christians. But instead, the Senate is once again putting Islamist priorities over the civil rights of Christians.
Rushan Abbas has been making the case for the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act among conservatives. Before this, Abbas was best known as a Gitmo translator who lobbied on behalf of its Uyghur prisoners, some of whom were allegedly members of the terror group, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement. This fact is rarely shared with the conservative audiences who are invited to hear Abbas speak.
The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act’s name is a case of bait and switch. While “Uyghur” is in the title, the actual bill, from its very opening, keeps referring to “ethnic Turkic Muslims”. And its first words declare that it means to “condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.”
What’s the difference? Turkic Islamic nationalists identify as Turkic and hate the term Uyghur. But they’re widely known abroad as Uyghur. Uyghur doesn’t have any nationalist connotations. Turkic is a very blatant pitch for nationalism and separatism. The repeated use of the term in the Act highlights an unsubtle agenda. This isn’t just about “religious” repression. It’s an endorsement of a separatist Turkic national identity.
Most Muslim countries have been silent over China’s crackdown on Turkic Islamists. The exceptions have been Turkey, whose genocidal Islamist leader has vocally accused China of genocide, and Qatar. It’s no coincidence that the two major backers of Islamic terrorism, whose own political interests are deeply entangled, and have a history of supporting Islamist terrorist movements, are leading this fight.
Muslims weaponize human rights to wage war on non-Muslims while offering no rights to non-Muslims. And their useful idiots always wave the banner of human rights when Islamists can’t win on their own, but show no interest in human rights in places like Turkey where Islamists have gained total power.
Qatar and Turkey, which seem to be able to get the Senate to jump through any Jihadist hoops they like, as they proved with Jamal Khashoggi and Yemen, are dragging us into their fight with China.
The United States should not allow itself be exploited as proxy in a Turkish nationalist struggle with China. Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar and Turkey have the run of the Senate. If Turkey and Qatar want a fight with China, they’re welcome to go fight. Instead they’re once again using the United States as their puppet in a conflict they’re too cowardly to fight themselves.
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