TheBlaze’s national security adviser Buck Sexton weighed in on one of many theories attempting to explain what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on the Glenn Beck Program Monday.
Returning from a week of vacation, Beck was struck by how much conflicting information has emerged on the case, and how many were quick to say the disappearance had nothing to do with terrorism.
As he sees it, terrorism is just as likely as anything else until we have more concrete information. But there is one theory in particular that he believes is being under-reported, and he asked Sexton to weigh in.
According to Sexton, if extremists are responsible, a group like the East Turkestan Liberation Movement is much more likely to be behind it than Al-Qaeda.
Sexton gave some background on the group: “The Uighurs are … a Turkish-speaking [ethnic] group that live in what is southwestern China … They don’t want to be a part of China proper, so there is a terrorist group that operates there — it actually has ties into Pakistan as well — called the East Turkestan Liberation Movement.”
Sexton said the group has engaged in horrific attacks in the past, including killing at least 29 people and wounding 143 with knives and daggers at a train station in China earlier this month. They have also made at least two attempts to either bomb or hijack an airliner in the past, though neither was successful.
Furthermore, Uighur leader Abdullah Mansour, who heads the rebel Turkestan Islamic Party, recently described China as the “enemy of all Muslims” and said “we have plans for many attacks in China.”
Sexton explained that Chinese nationals are “not usually high on the target list for Al Qaeda,” but they certainly are for a group like the East Turkestan Liberation Movement. He added that there was one known Uighur on the missing plane.
The possibility that “the pilots or somebody on board” intentionally “buried this [plane] in the ocean” remain “high,” he said, though the details remain to be uncovered.
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