Beheader briefly attended services at Baptist church in Winnipeg, then moved to Edmonton
Three and half days after he destroyed the life of Tim McLean, here’s the first news article telling us anything about Vince Weiguang Li. It is based on interviews with social acquaintances of his in Winnipeg who describe him as a troubled, lost soul. He and his wife immigrated to Canada four years ago. Then:
Li and his wife Anna found a home near downtown Winnipeg shortly after coming to Canada.After two years, that is, two years ago, Li left his wife in Winnipeg and went to live in Edmonton, Alberta and fell out of touch with his friends in Winnipeg, who had been concerned about him and had tried to support him. The article doesn’t tell us anything about his associations and activities in the two years since then, except that he “found work delivering newspapers and flyers.” It says nothing about his religious background prior to his sporadic attendance at the Baptist church during his two years in Winnipeg. If he went to a Baptist church, even just a few times, he could not have been any kind of devout Muslim. Given his Hui ethnicity, however, as explained at VFR last night, it is highly likely that his background is Muslim. And we also have the report from the Chinese-language World Journal, regrettably lacking any specific or named source, that “Those who know Li Weiquang say that he is a Muslim…” And from past cases what would we expect to happen to an unobservant Muslim, separated from his wife and recent friends and support network, a “lost soul” at sea in a strange, Western society? It is a reasonable guess that in looking for an anchor Li came under the influence of jihadist Islam, as has happened with thousands of other de-racinated, non-devout Muslims living in the West.
Edmonton, out on the great western plains, is extremely nonwhite. Of a population of 730,000, 165,000 (22 percent) are what the Canadians call visible minorities, including 45,000 Chinese, 38,000 Southeast Asians, and 11,000 Arabs. There are 18,000 Muslims in Edmonton, 2.9 percent of the population. If we assume that most of the Arabs are Muslims, then Li, living in Edmonton over the last two years, would have had ample opportunity to come into contact with types of Muslims he had never known in China. The Chinese-American who wrote to me last night said that Islam as practiced by the Hui people of China is not known to be associated with jihadism. Islam as practiced by Arabs, of course, is.
Since the Canadian police are going to do everything they can to cover up any possible Islamic connection to Li, what is needed is independent journalists investigating his activities and contacts in Edmonton.
You wrote:LA writes (August 4):
I received the previous comment yesterday, August 3, at 3:39 p.m. Eastern time. In an article dated August 4 8:22 p.m. from the BBC, we learn that Chinese Muslim jihadists at 8 a.m. Greenwich time today murdered 16 border policeman in the Muslim region of Xinjiang.Michael P. writes:
You wrote: “The Chinese-American who wrote to me last night said that Islam as practiced by the Hui people of China is not known to be associated with jihadism. Islam as practiced by Arabs, of course, is.” “
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