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Bush's Faustian Deal With the Taliban
By Robert Scheer
Published May 22, 2001 in the Los Angeles Times
Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy every vestige
of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you. All
that matters is that you 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 U.S. 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.
Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading anti-American terror
operation from his base in Afghanistan, from which, among other crimes, he
launched two bloody attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998.
Sadly, the Bush administration is cozying up to the Taliban regime at a time when
the United Nations, at U.S. insistence, imposes sanctions on Afghanistan because
the Kabul government will not turn over Bin Laden.
The war on drugs has become our own fanatics' obsession and easily trumps all
other concerns. How else could we come to reward the Taliban, who has
subjected the female half of the Afghan population to a continual reign of terror in
a country once considered enlightened in its treatment of women?
At no point in modern history have women and girls been more systematically
abused than in Afghanistan where, in the name of madness masquerading as
Islam, the government in Kabul obliterates their fundamental human rights.
Women may not appear in public without being covered from head to toe with the
oppressive shroud called the burkha , and they may not leave the house without
being accompanied by a male family member. They've not been permitted to
attend school or be treated by male doctors, yet women have been banned from
practicing medicine or any profession for that matter.
The lot of males is better if they blindly accept the laws of an extreme religious
theocracy that prescribes strict rules governing all behavior, from a ban on
shaving to what crops may be grown. It is this last power that has captured the
enthusiasm of the Bush White House.
The Taliban fanatics, economically and diplomatically isolated, are at the breaking