Un-spinning China’s yarn of destabilisation

Published: 00:00, Jul 17,2019


For 17 years, Gitmo prisoners have been held and tortured without trial in total violation of the international law. At the end of the day, ‘human rights’ is a weapon to manipulate credulous liberals into supporting hawkish foreign policy whereby minority groups like China’s Tibetans and Uyghurs become pawns on the geopolitical chess board to undermine Washington’s adversaries, writes Nazarul Islam

JUNE 4, 1989. News from Beijing exploded right on our faces. The Tiananmen Square protests, commonly known in mainland China as the June Fourth Incident, were student-led demonstrations held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. This was also the popular national movement, inspired by the Beijing protests, and is accurately referred as the democracy movement.

Like the incident on Tiananmen Square, 30 years ago, China’s ‘pro-democracy’ gatherings in China’s self-governing territory ‘Uyghur’ have become increasingly violent as rioters have stormed legislative buildings while hoisting the colonial-era dragon and lion flag as their emblem. This was a mass movement based on the nation’s historic pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.

The adoption of the Union Jack is reminiscent of the Syrian opposition’s appropriation of the French mandate-era flag as its ensign — and we all know how ‘peaceful’ those protests turned out to be.

In August 2018, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination performed a routine analysis of China’s accordance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The only member to include the charge of Uyghur ‘internment camps’ was the committee’s American vice-chair, Gay McDougall, who did so based on allegations made by a shadowy opposition group located in Washington, DC, known as the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

Not surprisingly, the CHRD is directly tied to the highly politicised Human Rights Watch NGO, which despite its name could not be more at odds with its declared vocation given its shared personnel and history of policies in lock-step with the world’s greatest violator of human rights, especially against Muslim countries, in the United States government.

A Turkish scholar recently claimed that as many as 12.5 million Muslims have lost their lives in armed conflicts and wars in the past 25 years. This is largely accredited to have been the direct consequence of American foreign policy. Not to mention the fact that the US still operates a very real concentration camp for Muslims in its naval base on the coast of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which president Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep that open indefinitely.

For 17 years, Gitmo prisoners have been held and tortured without trial in total violation of the international law. At the end of the day, ‘human rights’ is a weapon to manipulate credulous liberals into supporting hawkish foreign policy whereby minority groups like China’s Tibetans and Uyghurs become pawns on the geopolitical chess board to undermine Washington’s adversaries.

An investigation showed that the CHRD received most of its funds from government grants which would point in the direction that it arrived from the US-government bankrolled National Endowment for Democracy NGO that reportedly also ‘subsidised’ the Hong Kong protests.

The paradoxical nomenclature of ‘CIA slush fund’ was created in 1983 as a front for the intelligence service to conceal its operations after the agency’s standing had been disgraced following the revelations of illicit crimes in the prior decades sabotaging democracies around the world to install US puppet regimes. Founded by Ronald Reagan, the NED has poured money into programmes related to Xinjiang such as the World Uyghur Congress.

In March of this year, the secretary of state Mike Pompeo met four Uyghur representatives though it turned out that at least one of those he convened with was a reporter for the US government-owned Radio Free Asia which is the equivalent of the CIA’s Radio Free Europe in the continent. Just two months later, Pompeo would make a clean breast of his previous tenure as CIA director in a speech at Texas A&M University:

‘Having said that, not all tough places are the same. They each present a different set of challenges. I — it reminds me, you would know this as — it’s a bit of an aside. But in terms of how you think about problem sets, I — when I was a cadet, what’s the first — what’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s — it was like — we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.’

The fact that Pompeo reportedly admitted spinning the CIA’s yarn just a short time after meeting with the Uyghurs has not prevented many on the left from lining up behind mainstream media in spreading the west’s disinformation without verification of the camps existence. The Intercept, a popular progressive news publication known for its coverage of leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, published an article calling for ‘global outrage’ in response.

The piece was written by Mehdi Hasan, a journalist who also works for Al-Jazeera, the state news network of Qatar’s ruling emirs whose government co-sponsors much of the Islamic terrorism plaguing Xinjiang that has been the basis for China’s policies regarding its Uyghur question.

The Intercept is also owned by First Look Media, established by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, whose investment firm financed many of the NGOs in Ukraine which organised the Euromaidan protests which ousted Kiev’s democratically-elected government in 2014. It is possible the billionaire has a similar conflict of interest in China.

A Reuters journalist who gained rare access to the facilities was interviewed, and his on-the-ground observations were rather banal in comparison to such sensationalised vicarious reporting.

The Chinese government acknowledged that in the energy-rich north-western province, there is the existence of re-education centres training and rehabilitating individuals with links to Turkic separatism, Uyghur nationalism and ISIS/Daesh to combat the spread of jihadism into the Uyghur community by US ally Saudi Arabia.

For the last half century, the Gulf State kingdom has propagated an intolerant and ultra-conservative strain of Islam while evading any consequences as the source of international terrorism. This long believed association was confirmed in a leaked Hillary Clinton email from 2014 published by WikiLeaks:

‘While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.’

The embattled Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman admitted that the previously obscure and fundamentalist Wahhabi sect of Islam was deliberately exported at the west’s encouragement during the cold war to undermine Soviet influence in Muslim countries.

Today, Saudi-trained imams around the world are preaching the supremacy of Sharia law and waging jihad, from Kosovo to the Philippines. The Turkic-speaking Sunni minority concentrated in Xinjiang have not avoided this contamination as the region has been infested with terrorism since the 1990s with violence committed overwhelmingly by radicalised Uyghurs, from suicide bombings to knife attacks.

It is notable that China’s dozens of other Muslim ethno-religious groups, such as the Hui people, are relatively well assimilated into Chinese society and have been immune to such ills, casting doubt on the west’s characterisation of China as anti-Islam.

Meanwhile, the Uyghur extremism problem is so abundant that many were recruited in Syria to fight alongside al-Qaeda in the US-Saudi proxy army rebranded as ‘moderate rebels’ that unsuccessfully sought to overthrow the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

As only American exceptionalism permits, Washington is now simulating outrage at the PRC’s crackdown on the very religious fanaticism its allies have instigated, in the hopes that a separatist uprising could balkanize Xinjiang and halt China’s development of its new silk road, the Belt and Road Initiative through the region connecting its trade routes with Africa and Europe. The feigned outcry of the West toward any unsubstantiated human rights abuses rings hollow given that which is taking place in Gitmo and numerous US black sites around the world.

The American ‘human rights expert’ who made the assertion, Gay McDougall, is an advisory board member of the Open Society Foundation NGO, founded by the controversial international financier George Soros.

It is ironic that Soros had become so despised on the issues of political right in the west when it was his ‘philanthropic’ agencies that were instrumental in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and attempted the same in China.

During the 1980s, his nonprofits partnered with other CIA soft-power intermediaries to destabilise the Eastern bloc and foment ‘pro-democracy’ movements behind the Iron Curtain, from Poland’s Solidarity to Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution.

Later, Soros would invest heavily in Serbia’s Otpor movement which ousted the last bastion of semi-socialism in Eurasia in the government of Slobodan Milosevic following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia after the end of the cold war.

The success of Otpor became the formulaic blueprint for the western-engineered ‘colour revolutions’ in Eastern Europe against Moscow-backed states in the years to come, even after the reinstatement of the free market. Otpor (Resistance) became Georgia’s Kmara (Enough) in the ‘rose revolution’, Kyrgystan’s KelKel (pink or tulip revolution), Ukraine’s Pora (It’s time) in the orange revolution and many others which used the same protest tactics, slogans, and vexillography to transform peaceful protests into regime change operations.

The anti-war movement should be assessed with caution. Should we be deeply suspicious of Soros’s recent reported venture in an unlikely partnership with right-wing billionaire Charles Koch to establish a think tank whose aim was to ‘end America’s forever wars’, considering the Hungarian-born hedge fund tycoon had played an enormous role in US foreign policy for decades?

The methodology behind ‘colour revolutions’ took inspiration from the writings of Gene Sharp, aka the ‘Machiavelli of non-violence’ a little known political scientist whose doctrine on strategies of non-violent resistance became useful to the Western establishment in training activists to incite unrest in order to topple governments in countries it seeks to dominate.

Sharp’s work, From Dictatorship to Democracy, was used as a training manual in Otpor. It later became pivotal in the Arab Spring uprisings.


Nazarul Islam is a former educator based in Chicago.

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