Team Trump is negotiating with the Taliban. Y’all may consider me to be a hawk, but I do not object to negotiations, and I do not have a reason to oppose a draw-down of American troops in Afghanistan. A majority of the recently-active Ratburghers have told me that they favor a complete withdrawal, and I am on record as opposing that rash proposal. There is no need to review that here, but I cannot control where y’all want to go in the comments.
Rather, this particular post is aimed at the New York Times. They published an op-ed from a terrorist. He may be a representative of the Taliban, but in this instance he is a fugitive terrorist on the FBI’s international wanted list for killing Americans.
I refuse to give NYT any clicks, so I will not be linking directly. I read several accounts of the op-ed. Here are portions excerpted from the article at Military Times:
“We did not choose our war with the foreign coalition led by the United States. We were forced to defend ourselves,” Sirajuddin Haqqani, who the FBI has labeled a designated global terrorist, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times Thursday. “The withdrawal of foreign forces has been our first and foremost demand.” …
Haqqani also vowed the Taliban would guarantee that a new Afghanistan would foster stability and safety. …
There was a lot of push-back against the NYT for this op-ed. All the different articles put their own spin. This is from lower in the article at Military Times:
“It is sad that the (New York Times) has given their platform to an individual who is on a designated terrorist list. He and his network are behind ruthless attacks against Afghans and foreigners,” a palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, according to Reuters.
I was immediately struck by the fact that the New York Times did not run an accompanying “fact check” on the Taliban. You know they would never print anything from Team Trump without sliming it ten ways to Sunday.
I was also immediately struck by the chutzpah of the Taliban, right from the opening.
“We did not choose our war with the foreign coalition led by the United States. We were forced to defend ourselves….”
Let’s review who chose that war. After the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, it was shortly determined that the attack had been carried out by Saudi nationals (15 Saudis, two from the Emirates, one Egyptian, and one Lebanese) who were affiliated with and sponsored by Al Qaeda. The leader of the plot had been an associate of Osama bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, who at the time was taking credit for the attack and threatening further attacks. Bin Laden was living at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. At least four of the 9/11 terrorists had spent time at Al Qaeda training in Afghanistan.
President W told the Taliban to evict bin Laden and Al Qaeda from Afghanistan. The Taliban refused, with their usual scoffing and mocking. President W bombed the five Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. The Taliban began to help Al Qaeda rebuild the camps. President W bombed the camps again.
Foreign journalists were stopped at a Taliban roadside checkpoint and murdered, as was an Afghan Christian.
The Taliban refused a renewed ultimatum from President W. They pledged to rebuild those terror training camps and build additional terrorist training camps. They issued an international call to interested jihadiis from all Muslim lands to come to Afghanistan to join the international jihad. They promised to export death and terror “to America, to the West and to the Jews.”
By that time President W had very publicly assembled a coalition of allies to forcibly evict the Taliban regime from Afghanistan. There were daily accounts in international news media for over five weeks during the buildup to war (which began seven weeks after the 9/11 attack).
So, who chose war?