“… as the Taliban prepares to govern for the second time, experts have warned that it will not compromise on its hardline Islamist values to secure crucial aid from the West.
Afghanistan experts believe that many of the advances in Afghanistan made in the last 20 years – such as women returning to schools and universities – will not be preserved, despite claims by some British officials that the group has changed.
Alistair Burt, an Afghan affairs analyst and former UK foreign office minister, is doubtful that Western leverage over aid would have a major impact.
“It would seem unlikely that after all they believe they have endured and the victory they have achieved, that they should accept restrictions which go against their beliefs of how their society should live,” he said.
“Aid agencies will also be conflicted – they put serving local communities at the top of their priorities, and will wish to continue delivering to them in almost all circumstances, which the Taliban will also know. If there are to be constraints on the Taliban it would not be likely that they will be Western-driven.”” Telegraph
Comment: Congressman Michael Waltz of Florida is a former National Guard Green Beret officer who served in Afghanistan. He reminds of the line “Tiger, tiger burning bright in the forest of the night …” He said on TeeVee this AM that the careerist striped pants cookie pusher belief that the West can leverage denial of funds to acquire Taliban “moderation” is nonsense and based on the delusion that the jihadis function on Western assumptions of economic determinism. Waltz insists, correctly IMO, that rather than accept the need to bow to Deep State demands in return for access to the world’s money supply, they will simply take and exhibit hostages from the large pool of available candidates.
Biden’s behavior as the instrument of him/her who instructs him remains bizarre. One can only wish that Brigadier General Sir Harry Flashman was among his advisers. pl