Embrace the Taliban…Bad Advice from China

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Once upon a time, the U.S. had defeated the Taliban. It was what we had to do as a way to pay them back for the events of September 11, 2001. But, then, Biden came into office and rushed the withdrawal of Afghanistan so quickly that the country fell into the hands of the terrorists.

The Taliban should be sending Biden a thank you fruit basket for all that he did for them. He gave them a country as well as millions of dollars of weapons and military vehicles. And, as a result, the Taliban has risen to power once more.

We should be terrified. However, China’s Xi Jinping is loving that the Taliban is suddenly a force to be reckoned with again. And as many countries have been leery about even accepting the Taliban as Afghanistan’s rightful leader, Xi wants the world to embrace the terrorists.

Why on earth would we do such a thing?

If we listen to the Chinese dictator, we should be praising the “sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity” of the Taliban.

That’s going to be a hard pass.

China wants to make sure that the Taliban get their fair chance of showing how they can rule. However, no one is jumping up and down in excitement to be the first to do that. China has even gone as far as hosting a two-day summit where they encouraged the neighboring countries of Afghanistan to support the Afghan people.

It’s not quite that simple. Supporting the Afghan people was easy when they were allowed to rule themselves. It’s not just the people of Afghanistan, anymore. It’s the Taliban – and their all-male leadership has shown that they’re not interested in allowing people to have certain freedoms, specifically females.

As of right now, not a single state actor has recognized the jihadist organization as the formal government of Afghanistan. Not even China. Instead, they’ve been referred to as an “interim caretaker” of the government.

Chinese officials would love to have the Taliban on their side. Who knows what the two could do together – and it’s not something we want to see. Chinese business leaders have even been encouraged to invest in Afghanistan for the sole purpose of helping to fund the success of the Taliban. Yes, because that’s exactly what we’d want – the Taliban to be successful.

The invitations to this Chinese-hosted summit are interesting. Beyond the Taliban, those receiving an invitation include Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Indonesia, and Russia. The U.S. did not receive an invitation – and without representation, there’s no telling what has been discussed.

This is all so that Afghanistan can have a “brighter future” according to a state-run news agency out of China. “Xi pointed out that having gone through so much in the past, Afghanistan is in urgent need of development in many areas. The country has come to a critical point of transition from chaos to order.”

Should someone point out that it was the Taliban and their overtaking of Afghanistan that led to all of the chaos?

The Taliban certainly has China fooled. They make it seem like they are desperate to turn over a new leaf and be welcomed into the world. It’s all a ploy so that they can get the world to acknowledge that they are the leaders of the country – and that will give them access to banks, trading, and power.

This is hardly what we want or need. Xi was not in attendance at the summit, but his foreign ministers were. Instead, Xi was planting trees in Beijing. So, we have to wonder just how important this issue is to him as it would seem that helping Afghanistan would be more important than tree planting – but this is China we’re talking about.

China has made it clear that the U.S. blames the U.S. for the way that the Taliban has not been accepted. Yet, what do they expect considering that the Taliban and their ties to al-Qaeda were what caused the attacks of 9/11?

We will not forget. We will not forgive. And we most certainly won’t be doing any kind of embracing. Can someone make sure that Biden gets the memo, too?