Friday, August 08, 2008

Couldn't Happen to Nicer Guys

Seems like "our friend" PRChina has a case of the bomb-fleas.

...a Jihadi group threatened to attack the Summer Games in Beijin. A spokesman of the Turkistan Islamic Party accuses China of “forcing Muslims into atheism and destroying Islamic schools. The “Turkistan Islamic Party” is most likely based across the border in Pakistan, where sources affirm it received training from Al Qaeda.

Weeks ago the organization claimed responsibility for a bombings across the country. The latest video shows graphics of a burning Olympics logo and explosions. This week, attackers killed 16 police and wounded more than a dozen in the Xinjiang city of Kashgar using homemade bombs

Umnnhhh, yah.

But that raises at least one very interesting question:

will Beijing find itself in the same trench as Washington that is against al Qaeda and the Salafists?
...And if that becomes the case, will China continue to pursue a policy of support to other Jihadist forces, including the Islamist regime in Khartoum?

Decisions, decisions.

PRChina has about a zillion troops and internal-security types floating around Beijing for the Olympics. If the jihadis get through that layer and explode a few bombs, things will definitely get interesting.

HT: CounterterrorismBlog

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