With China, Truth Must Not Be the First Casualty

According to a recent WORLD magazine opinion piece, “a massive trove of documentary evidence” was released this month, detailing in concrete terms China’s brutality towards minority groups.  

“The files include photographs of detainees (including children), flamboyant speeches by senior Communist Party officials, police and military reports, and training documents,” Eric Patterson, the executive vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute, described. “They expose the precision of China’s genocidal policies toward Muslim Uyghurs.”  

Drawn from leaked police reports, this evidence leaves little room for China’s leaders to deny their atrocities. Despite official claims, this is not a matter of Chinese national security, and China’s leaders are not impartial observers. They are orchestrating the process. 

A quote attributed to Greek tragedian Aeschylus states that “in war, truth is the first casualty.”  

Whether an actual war with China is in the cards, we are the middles of what Patterson calls “a war of ideas and a war on how international affairs will be conducted.” In such war, truth is on the front lines, and it must be told.  

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