In Mid-August, I wrote, “How Long Until Biden Starts Funding the Taliban?”
It’s early, but it’s already previewing the argument that we have to maintain “humanitarian aid” to Afghanistan under the Taliban.
Despite all the assurances, the money will end up in the hands of the Taliban and help shore up their rule.
Understand that this is not a question of ‘if’ this will happen, but when.
Aid groups will function under the Taliban, they will pay protection money to them (while swearing up and down on a stack of Das Kapitals that they’re not) and we’ll end up funding them.
The UN is making it semi-official.
Senior Taliban officials met in Kabul on Sunday (Sept 5) with the United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, who promised to maintain assistance for the Afghan people, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said.
Mr Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political office, and other officials met Mr Martin Griffiths as Afghanistan faces a potentially catastrophic humanitarian crisis caused by severe drought and a collapsing economy.
Not to mention the Taliban takeover.
“The authorities pledged that the safety and security of humanitarian staff, and humanitarian access to people in need, will be guaranteed and that humanitarian workers – both men and women – will be guaranteed freedom of movement,” a statement from UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Mr Griffiths reiterated in the meeting that the humanitarian community was committed to delivering “impartial and independent humanitarian assistance”, the statement added.
No such thing.
Whether it’s Gaza under Hamas, Yemen under the Houthis, or Afghanistan under the Taliban, moving aid into a terror state funds terrorism. It props up the terror system which then finds ways to siphon off aid, control access to it, and extract protection money in exchange for it.
There’s no clean way to conduct aid programs in areas controlled by terrorists. And few aid groups are interested in a clean way anyway.
Several relief organisations have previously confirmed to AFP they were in talks with the Taliban to continue their operations, or have already received security guarantees for existing programmes.
The question is what is the Taliban getting in return?
The UN is expected to convene an international aid conference in Geneva on Sept 13 to help avert what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called a “looming humanitarian catastrophe”.
Is that when we find out whether Biden intends to fund the Taliban directly or indirectly?