China has largely avoided wading too deeply into the global fight against Islamic terrorism, but their ability to turn a blind eye to this threat may soon be compromised. ISIS released a new video this week in which militants belonging to China’s Uighur ethnic minority promised to return to their home country and slaughter innocents.
China has had their eye on Uighur militants for some time, blaming exiled separatists for launching bloody attacks in the Xinjiang region of the country. In the video, one such Uighur militant issued a direct threat to China before killing a man ISIS believed to be an informant.
“Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say! We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed,” the Uighur fighter said, according to U.S. government translators.
Terrorism experts say this is the first time ISIS has sent such a threat China’s way, saying it could be the beginning of a new front for the Islamic group. They say it could also just be a subset of the Uighur resistance joining forces with the Iraqi wing of the Islamic State, a situation that would not necessarily be as alarming for China.
Even so, ISIS is proving on a daily basis that theirs is not a war exclusively against the West, or even against non-Muslim cultures. They have declared war on the world, and they will not stop recruiting and killing until they conquer all of humanity…or, of course, until they are wiped out of existence.
We have no worries that their so-called global caliphate will ever materialize, but we do worry about how many people will have to die before the world truly wakes up to this spreading disaster.
Although, with a man who sees this threat for what it is in the Oval Office, we worry a lot less than we used to.