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The Taliban’s medieval program — if installed and as previously expressed — will prove against the grain of every civilized and modern society, but we may have to watch it to believe it.

The wish for societies in their main part to be broad, compassionate, inclusive, just, reasoning, and vibrant carries with it revulsion for those who would believe themselves exclusive and whose narcissistic behavior repeatedly proves fanatical, fascist, hypocritical, and intolerant. Today’s Taliban risk proving themselves and their unique program — the idea of God courses and varies through the world’s 4,300 religions and sects, not only Islam, and not only theirs — confining, egotistical, self-serving, sadistic, selfish and nothing more. They are those whose income have previously been derived from “protection” — demanding pay to be left alone — and the wholesale shipping of poppy juice into the world’s transnational crime organizations — cartel and gangs — not pharmaceutical companies and on to hospitals.

How the Taliban now respond to the fears voiced by those representing millions of Afghans and how they meet their modern criticism will tell their true character, and should the past prove prelude, they will founder and drown in their own malign reflections.

August 18, 2021.

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Related Online

Ali, Idrees, Patricia Zengerie, Jonathan Landay. “Planes, guns, night-vision goggles: The Taliban’s new U.S.-made war chest.” Reuters, August 19, 2021.

Durns, Sean. “We need journalists like Clarissa Ward to cut through Taliban lies.” Washington Examiner, August 19, 2021.

Lipsky, Josh and William F. Wechsler. “The IMF Acts Against the Taliban.” Opinion, The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2021.

NPR. “Where Are Taliban Officials Getting The Money to Run Afghanistan?” August 19, 2021.

Reuters. “Biden, UK’s Johnson discuss Afghanistan, agree to hold G7 meeting.” August 17, 2021 .

Seir, Ahmad, Rahim Faiez, Kathy Gannon, and Jon Gambrell. “Afghans protest Taliban in emerging challenge to their rule.” AP, August 19, 2021.

Stein, Jeff. “Biden administration freezes billions of dollars in Afghan reserves, depriving Taliban of cash.” The Washington Post, August 17, 2021.

Talley, Ian, Kate Davidson, Benoit Faucon. “Taliban is Denied Aid Tagged for Afghanistan, but Taps Billion-Dollar Drug Trade.” The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2021.

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