It looks like the United States isn’t the only one being naïve. The United Nations are willing to believe what the Taliban tells them, too.
The United Nations has explained that they have received pledges from the Taliban to protect humanitarian aid workers who are operating inside of Afghanistan to ensure that Afghans are getting the food, shelter, and medical treatment that they are in need of.
Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs met with Mullah Baradar, the nominal leader of the Taliban along with other officials of the theocratic regime.
Griffiths explained that there were international concerns for the overall welfare of Afghans, specifically for “women and girls and minorities.”
The Taliban said that they would welcome continued foreign aid and that they would cooperate and provide the “provision of needed facilities.”
How did we get here? How did we begin negotiating with terrorists and offering them foreign aid? Of course, they’ll accept the aid. However, it’s not all going to go to the Afghans. The Taliban has full control of the country, including the banks.
The entire reason that the Afghans are even in need of food, shelter, and medical treatment is that the terrorists came crashing through the country, killing anyone who stood in their way. The country fell because of its violent actions.
A UN spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said, “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.”
It wasn’t even a month ago that the Taliban were murdering women in the streets. Yet, now, because they are eager to get their hands on the aid that the world is pledging to give them, they’ll be on their best behavior. At least, until it doesn’t suit them to be anymore – and then who knows what they will do.
The entire world seems content to bow down to the terrorists in hopes that they keep their word. And we’ll provide more and more humanitarian assistance to ensure that the Afghan population survives. Yet, we have to really wonder whether the Taliban will ensure that they will receive that assistance.
At this point, are we just fueling Afghans who will soon ban with the Taliban and become our enemy as soon as they are well enough to pledge their loyalties to the terrorists?
There’s been no threat of violence. The UN nor anyone else has threatened the Taliban that if they don’t follow through on their pledges that there will be hell to pay. So, they’ll only behave for as long as they feel it is in their best interest to do so.
Meanwhile, financing aid operations will be difficult unless everyone begins recognizing the Taliban as the legitimate governing force in Afghanistan. Right now, the World Bank has shut down the banking system and there are many Western sanctions in place.
Why should we lighten up? After all, we cannot forget what led to the forever war in the first place – the Taliban was responsible for the bombings on American soil on September 11, 2001.
Yet, it seems that the UN is willing to forgive and forget. We’re all supposed to do the same.
We’re going to trust the Taliban. And somehow, we’ll all act surprised when they decide to turn on us all.