Scores Die in Ethnic Clashes in Western China
Yes, I am the one ranting a bit in the comments section.
If anyone who has commented below calling the Uighurs "crazy" or "terrorists" had actually been to Xinjiang or even met an Uighur, they wouldn't be talking that way. That is language borne of ignorance, stereotyping, and hate. Just because they're Muslims, their political grievances (against a government recognized around the world to be oppressive, corrupt, and self-serving) are dismissed as so much insanity and jihad.
And that's sad.
I have been to Xinjiang and honestly, it was a real eye-opener after a stay in Han-dominated China that left me with two distinct impressions - one of very friendly Chinese citizens and the other of a horrific government that needs to be taken down.
Uighurs are oppressed. I've seen it with my own eyes. They are. Their graves are dug up in order to build high rises (that will house resettled Chinese). Their mosques are destroyed to widen roads. Their culture is repressed to the point that most Uighurs are disgusted by the state that rules them.
It is one of the great human tragedies that the West is willing to invade a country like Iraq while leaving the people of Xinjiang - friendly, hospitable people who only want a fair rule of law - nothing but a turned head an an accusation of being terrorists.
But they are not terrorists - they are protesters. They're only labeled terrorists because of the ignorance of the outside world and the distortion of the Chinese government's media outlets.
I blame nobody but the Chinese government for this. Their policies have screwed up Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan (an independent country) and the rest of their own country so much that all we can do now is hope they fall in favor of a real government - one that values its people and allows them basic human rights.