In dealing with Islam, the Chinese turn out to be just as dumb as the Americans and Europeans

Hugh Fitzgerald
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That policy is to bribe people into “inter-ethnic” marriages — that is, marriages between Han and Uighur, non-Muslim and Muslim — on the theory that this will diminish the pull of Islam and increase the loyalty of the products of these marriages to the non-Muslim Han people and government. But isnt it more likely that people who are half-Muslim will be raised as Muslims, or even if not raised as Muslims will be keenly aware of the Muslim part of their heritage, and at some point, better able to blend in with the Han Chinese, at some point — all kinds of reasons, including the usual endless set of personal difficulties and disappointments — chose to re-identify fully with the Uighurs, and with Islam.

It’s a dangerous policy, and one whose results will not be available for a generation — when the products of such marriages grow up — but one can look around the world, and see how the children of these half-Muslim marriages turn out. There are already plenty of those who have been the products of such , and  have been discovered, after perfectly happy childhoods and seemingly seclar identification, to have switched, to have decided to find The Answer in Islam. Among those is the half-Pakistani man who had two names (one American, one Muslim) and two identities, and ended up working with the worst killers in Al Qaeda. His name is David Headley. Or Sayid Gilani. In the end, he used the name “David Headley” for the outside world, but inside he was Sayid Gilani.

In dealing with Islam, the Chinese turn out to be just as dumb as the Americans and Europeans . That’s not sufficient consolation.