Yesterday, Biden’s UN Ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that there was “a very strongly worded press statement” expecting “the Taliban to respect women’s rights.”
While the Taliban had been prepped by the Qataris to say a lot of the right things, including claiming that they’ll respect the rights of women within the very narrow boundaries of Islamic law, they apparently killed a woman for not wearing a burqa.
Even as Afghanistan’s resurgent Taliban pledged to respect “women’s rights” in a propaganda blitz Tuesday, fighters from the group shot and killed a woman in Takhar province after she went out in public without a burqa.
And in Kabul, Taliban vehicles packed with armed militants were recorded on video patrolling residential areas for activists and government workers. Gunshots can be heard as they accelerate down the street.
Longtime Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid held his first news conference Tuesday to state that the extremist group would honor women’s rights — within sharia law
What the Taliban’s official mouthpieces and even its leaders say doesn’t matter all that much.
The Taliban is a Potemkin village. A lot of its fighters appear to actually be foreign Jihadists. (Again, something our intelligence agencies and military and NSC people should have been on. If there was a major flow of foreign fighters, as locals have reported, why were we not tracking it?) They’re going to follow their own orders. And many of the so-called Afghan Taliban are their own militias with their own leaders who don’t necessarily take orders and certainly not from Taliban press conferences. And the Taliban are fine with that.
Before and after 9/11, the Taliban tried to use plausible deniability to avoid any responsibility. They’re still playing the same old game.