Stop Funding the Taliban
|February 19, 2002||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Tell George Bush to Stop Funding the Taliban!
Stop Funding the Taliban with US Money!
The world is mourning the September 11 terrorist attacks. But other actions in addition to mourning are called for. First on the list — the US government should stop sending taxpayer money to the Taliban. Below are portions of a Buzzflash.com editorial from last May.
I am a US taxpayer and am appalled to think that money taken from me was sent by my government to the Taliban. Stop it right now!
For a Presidency that makes it hard to keep up with its dizzying pace of lies and hypocrisy, the Bush administration grant of $43 million dollars to the barbaric Taliban regime deserves a special spot on the White House wall of infamy.
As Robert Scheer of the Los Angeles Times indignantly writes:
- Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists and destroy every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you. All that matters is that you claim to line up as an ally in the drug war, the only international cause that this nation still takes seriously.
That’s the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the United States the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that “rogue regime” for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban’s estimation, are most human activities, but it’s the ban on drugs that catches this administration’s attention.
One could argue the immorality of subsidizing a government that treats women like cattle, tortures dissenters, and forces non-Muslims to wear identity badges, among other crimes against humanity. That would be bad enough, but the U.N. just condemned the Taliban for allowing the cultivation of an opium crop and benefiting from its sale! So not only is the Bush Incorporated “grant” to the Taliban an inexcusable subsidization of a stone age band of faith-based zealots, it is a horrifying example of gross incompetence at taxpayer expense.
The U.N. Report lucidly and cogently argues that the Taliban are actually storing up Opium, waiting for a rise in the market price, before selling the crop to the highest bidder. Cutting down on distribution in order to raise prices is something that Cheney and Bush know well from the activities of their oil baron backers. But even though Cheney and Bush are accomplices to this very strategy being implemented now in order to inflate gasoline and energy prices, they fell for the Taliban version of the Enron/Exxon who hid the energy/oil Texas two-step:
In a report to the Security Council, the five-member panel questioned the sincerity of the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, when he banned the cultivation last July of poppy, the raw material used to make heroin and opium. The report said the Taliban was stockpiling the drugs, suggesting it only halted production in order to keep opium and heroin prices from plummeting.
“According to the U.N. Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Afghanistan’s opium production was about 2,500 tons in 1998, 4,600 tons in 1999, and 3,100 tons in 2000. ‘If Taliban officials were sincere in stopping the production of opium and heroin, then one would expect them to order the destruction of all stocks existing in areas under their control,’ the report said. The panel, established to make recommendations on how best to monitor a U.N. arms embargo and the closure of terrorist training camps, said it was essential to look into the illicit drug trade because drug money was being used to buy weapons and “finance the training of terrorists and support the operations of extremists in neighboring countries and beyond.”
That’s our $43 million that Bush is turning over to the Taliban extremist hoods. If they can pull the wool over Bush’s eyes, God knows that the lunkheads in the White House will be easy pickings for our more powerful adversaries.
The American government should be supporting the brave Afghani women who are fighting for their lives and a free future for the women of Afghanistan. You can read about their work at http://www.rawa.org/ Browse through this website and see the victims of the Taliban reign of terror. View the photographs of their atrocities if you have the stomach for it. Meanwhile the Bush wrecking crew continues to defile Americas foreign policy.
And then theres the matter of Osama bin Laden.
That we are outraged by Bush Incorporated giving our money to this barbaric regime is one thing. But the fact that the Bush Boys are being snookered by the Taliban, as they store their opium until the market price goes higher, isnt just an outrage; its intolerable incompetence.
Thanks to www.buzzflash.com for these remarks.
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