Case in Point – Self Delusion about the Taliban

December 9, 2006

This is what I mean when I say that people are in denial and self-delusion about the Taliban (read previous post):

“I am absolutely convinced that if we allowed Afghanistan to fall back into Taliban rule it would become a failed state again and a black hole for terrorism training,”(NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop) Scheffer told the Daily Telegraph last week.

Thank god we are “absolutely convinced” of that, because if not, it seems that Afghanistan’s reversion back to Taliban is an actual option weighed with some seriousness by NATO’s Secretary General. And the only thing that makes Taliban unattractive to him is that they do a bad job in keeping a functional state. Otherwise, well, they are not Jeffersonian republicans, or ardent feminists for that matter, but they are… all right… I guess.

Get real, people!

(Incidentally, this is the sort of thing that makes one nostalgic about the moral clarity and no-compromise attitude of the likes of Jeane Kirkpatrick in dealing with tyrants and totalitarians.) 

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A Refresher on the Taliban

December 9, 2006

It is often easy to lose sight of the stakes in Afghanistan or to forget the worldview and the determination of those bent on destroying it even more thoroughly. The likes of Sibghatullah Mujaddadi and others in the current Afghan government (going all the way up to the president himself) often muse about granting a general amnesty to the Taliban and having them rejoin the political process. History is often contentious in Afghanistan, and even when it is not, it can be easily distorted and forgotten -even history as recent as the yesteryear’s barbarism and the draconian laws that the Taliban had imposed on the country’s people.

Lest we forget that history too soon, the Taliban are still here to refresh our minds. In some macabre fashion they probably deserve our thanks for their solemn reminders of how they would run (and did run) Afghanistan, if they were to control it in a totalitarian fashion once again.

To all those who say that the Taliban too are “sons of Afghanistan” and are not as bad as they are depicted, lo and behold:

“GHWANDO, Afghanistan: Following up on a death threat, Taliban militants broke into a house where two teachers lived and shot dead five family members in eastern Afghanistan, bringing to 20 the number of educators killed in attacks this year…(meanwhile, 128 schools have been burned down this year alone.)

The five family members were killed overnight in the eastern province of Kunar after gunmen climbed over the home’s high outer wall using a ladder they had brought with them…A grandmother, a mother and two daughters, who were teachers, were killed… A 20-year-old grandson was also killed and a younger grandson injured in the attack in a village in Narang district.”  (continue)