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18.7.09

Stunning Hypocrisy and National Minorities

The stunning hypocrisy that politicians are capable of will never fail to amaze me.

Following the recent unrest in the Xingjing region of China between the indigenous Turkic Uyghur people and Han Chinese the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, described China's behaviour towards the Uyghur people as "a kind of genocide".

Now in that the Chinese governments treatment of its national minorities is far from perfect I'll grant the prime minister, but did he not stop to consider the parallels between his countries treatment of its Kurdish minority and the Chinese establishments attitude towards indigenous minorities?

Before he pronounced the word 'genocide' did he reflect upon his own countries history? A genocide that his government will still not recognises?

Make no mistakes this is pure ethnic nationalism at its worst. To hell with integrity and honesty. The defense of the Turkic ethnic community is all that counts.

Both China and Turkey have followed, and still do follow, aggressive policies of assimilation towards their indigenous minority groups. Tibetans, Uyghurs, Kurds, Armenians the list is long. All have suffered at the hands of centralised authoritarian states and dominant ethnic majorities.

Make no mistakes however! They are simply following in the footsteps of many a glorious European 'nation state' who themselves consolidated their power by crushing their national minorities first.

1 comment:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You are right - the hypocrisy is stunning.