After some initial wariness, the kinder gentler Taliban have determined that Biden is just as serious about asking them to respect human rights as Bill Clinton was. And so the Taliban have openly dived into Sharia punishments, banned women from getting an education and even threatened foreign female aid workers.
The administration on Saturday ordered all local and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) not to let female staff work until further notice. It said the move, which was condemned globally, was justified because some women had not adhered to the Taliban’s interpretation of Islamic dress code for women.
A spokesman for the Taliban administration, Zabihullah Mujahid, hit back at the criticism, saying all institutions wanting to operate in Afghanistan are obliged to comply with the rules of the country.
“We do not allow anyone to talk rubbish or make threats regarding the decisions of our leaders under the title of humanitarian aid,” Mujahid said in a post on Twitter, referring to a statement by the head of U.S. Mission to Afghanistan.
Chargé d’Affaires Karen Decker had taken to Twitter to question how the Taliban planned to prevent hunger among women and children following the ban. She pointed out that the United States was the largest humanitarian aid donor to the country.
And so what?
Biden has insisted on plowing a massive fortune into Talibanistan. Unless he’s actually serious about cutting off the cash flow, the Taliban have nothing to worry about.
And they know that they have nothing to worry about.
The Taliban are right to sneer at humanitarian aid. They, more than anyone, know how much of that aid finances terrorism. And they’re also gambling that, barring another 9/11 (and maybe not even then), the money will come rolling in.
Cracking down on female staffers will make the sellout a little harder. The Biden administration may have to work harder to push its millions through the door now that the Taliban have announced that now is allowed to come to give them money unless they’re following Sharia.