- 21 Nov 2018 16:32
I ate at a Uighur BBQ restaurant tonight, here where I'm currently sat in East China.
They carve up the sheep on the street in front of the restaurant. The last time I went there, a few days ago, I asked one of the guys (in Chinese) how many sheep they butcher on a normal night, and he said three.
I do care about this issue, and I watched the video. I've known a few Uighur guys. One of them, I worked with in a cannery in Alaska.
That guy in the video is a quintessential douche bag though. He was difficult to watch. But I still watched.
There's not much to be done on this, though. The Chinese central government is too powerful.
I don't agree with this destruction of Uighur culture. I'm probably committing crimes against the state with this very message.
But I'm just a dumb foreigner.
Too be sure, there are too sides to almost every coin (unless it's a one-sided coin, I suppose).
There was that attack at a train station a few years ago, when a group of people (there were women among them) murdered 17 people with long-knives.
That probably helped bring the hammer down.
But what am I supposed to say?
No person of conscience likes to see people mistreated by the state. The feeling here is that of powerlessness--a feeling I've become used to in my political life (including US wars in the Middles East, and also this, etc.).