I don’t know, maybe another $1 billion in “humanitarian aid” from the Biden administration will convince the Taliban to become moderates just like Turkey, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.
Mawlawi Neda Mohammad Nadeem: “There comes some suspicion in one’s heart about why the Islamic Emirate is doing this. It does not reopen schools, does not allow co-education for women, has imposed so many hijab restrictions, does not allow women in government departments…Why does it not allow women into ministries unless they cover their head and face? And why don’t you see the national interest?
“[The answer is that] we are all Muslims. To us, Allah’s religion is the most important thing. Had the Islamic Emirate considered the development and civilization of people as their real aim, then there would have been no need for war to begin with. [We could have] handed Osama [Bin Laden] over to them, and given women freedom like they demand now. The [governmental] system was already there – why was it necessary to [sacrifice] hundreds of thousands of martyrs?
“[But] Allah’s religion does not allow us to accept what those infidels want. The hijab is commanded by Allah’s book. ‘O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believers’ women to veil themselves.’ This is commanded by Allah’s book.
“Now, the infidels ask us not to declare the hijab mandatory for women and to accept this. If we accept their demands, Allah’s book says [to implement] hijab, while the infidels say [to not do so]. We have an obligation. We are Muslims and we claim [to establish] an Islamic system. We are obligated to force women to wear the hijab.
“If they impose sanctions on us, drop a nuclear [bomb] on us, start a war against us again, or have any other plan, we are still compelled to implement the commandments of our religion. In this regard, we cannot help anyone, nor can we accept anyone’s demands or worry that it will create problems for us.”
Had America just responded to 9./11 by making Afghanistan glow in the dark, we might have tested Mohammad’s theory, saved thousands of American lives and walked away from this with some self-respect.
But to be fair, the Taliban (when they weren’t being prepped by Qatar) were fairly clear about their beliefs. They played the Taquiya game of negotiating a worthless peace deal that no one with a gram of common sense seriously believed they would keep to allow America and Europe to withdraw and save some face.
Except the Taliban broke the deal, as they were bound to, to humiliate us and allow them to claim victory.
Now the Taliban have gone back to doing what they were going to do all along while benefiting from massive amounts of U.S. foreign aid.
And whatever happens in Afghanistan to the women there, Mohammad is pretty clear that the Taliban gave Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda a base of operations there because it was required by Islamic law.
As we recently saw, the Taliban have continued to harbor Al Qaeda. That has obvious implications for us.
What Mohammad is telling us is what the Jihadis have told us all along, we just refuse to listen. They believe in Sharia law and they intend to impose it by force. Negotiations are nothing but a means of buying some time while they pursue the fundamental purpose of their lives, an Islamic theocracy, not just in Afghanistan, but all over the world.
“If they impose sanctions on us, drop a nuclear [bomb] on us, start a war against us again, or have any other plan, we are still compelled to implement the commandments of our religion.”
This is Islam. We can deal with that reality or retreat into fantasies of an imaginary accommodation.
“Had the Islamic Emirate considered the development and civilization of people as their real aim, then there would have been no need for war to begin with. [We could have] handed Osama [Bin Laden] over to them, and given women freedom like they demand now.”
Civilization on our terms is not the goal. Islamic supremacism is.