Remember those little red books?
For many years Red China has had trouble winning over the Muslim Uighur minority of Xinjiang Province, in the West. Now they’re trying to club them into submission.
A citizen of Kazakhstan told his horror story to the Associated Press (https://apnews.com/6e151296fb194f85ba69a8babd972e4b/Chinese-mass-indoctrination-camps-evoke-Cultural-Revolution). He was seized for no reason he ever came to know, detained and tormented for eight months, and just as suddenly released, again with no reason given. His story makes horrendous reading.
Chinese authorities say “Religion is dangerous”–unless it’s their own religion of atheism–and coerced Muslim detainees “to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.” Also on the menu is solitary confinement, beatings, and deprivation of food, with a lot of other tortures, too. It’s their way, they say, of fighting Islamic extremism. It seems a lot of Uighurs don’t want to be part of China, and have tried to do something about it. So a lot of them are being hauled into, in the words of an American commission, “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.” A Turkish news agency estimates almost 900,000 Uighurs in detention.
Chinese authorities call it “transformation through education”–that sounds uncomfortably familiar–and hail it as “a permanent cure.”
The detention and the coercive techniques applied, especially the psychological torture, recall the Great Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, under the dictatorship of Mao Tse-tung, history’s most prolific mass murderer. Not content with simply killing people, Mao tried to get their minds right–well, what he called “right.”
As the people of this fallen world have known for thousands of years, when you’re a weak nation conquered by a stronger nation, your troubles have only just begun. The native population of Xinjiang is learning that lesson the hard way.
And so will we, if the anti-Christian Left ever has its way with us.