China has put 1 million Muslims in concentration camps. MBS had nothing to say.

The Washington Post
Date: February 24, 2019
By Fred Hiatt, Editorial page editor

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday. (Liu Weibing/AP)

China is a leading oppressor of Muslims, so it should come as no surprise that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia — the kingdom that views itself as defender of the Islamic faith — would visit Beijing to deliver a stern rebuke.

After all, China has penned an estimated 1 million Muslims into concentration camps in western China. It has sent ethnic Han Chinese to live with Muslim families and report on anyone who refuses to eat pork or shave his beard. It is wrenching children from parents to reprogram them away from their faith and culture in mass orphanages.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have had a lot to say when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping late last week.

Wait, what’s that you say? The prince had nothing to say on behalf of China’s Muslims? In fact, he defended what China calls an effort to fight extremism?

Yes, that is in fact what happened. And the reason is simple: In return, China defended Saudi Arabia’s right to orchestrate a murder and get away with it.

Your concentration camps are your internal affair. My conspiracy to commit murder is my internal affair. How nice, we understand each other.

It has been nearly five months since Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was lured to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, murdered and dismembered. Little accountability has been achieved since then.

It is not that little has been discovered about the crime. Despite a shifting series of lies from the Saudi government, we know quite a lot.    [FULL  STORY]