“I urge the US government to take responsible action, release the assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan and lift the embargo on our banks. Muthaki’s words.
While the Taliban government seeks international support, it reads warning and cunning taxes on the other hand, releasing responsibility for the fully linked humanitarian crisis, “freezing the assets of our people.” US Government “.
Three months after the fall of Kabul, between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban sought to convince the international community that they were no longer the ones who had isolated the country from the rest of the world.
Today’s Taliban are trying to create the look of the current Taliban, even though women ministers are not appointed in their government and girls are still barred from going to high school. Afghanistan, which existed thirty years ago, does not exist today, as has been said many times in these twelve weeks, and is the nucleus of civil society that will not go back decades. Probably. Meanwhile, hundreds of media outlets are being forced to close or obscure, journalists are being threatened daily and public executions and summary investigations are being reopened. With the mass evacuations from Kabul airport over, most of the attention has been turned off, frustrated that the Afghans have been left without opportunities and the humanitarian crisis that has already begun so quickly.
Amir Khan Muttahida Qaumi Movement, as he writes, knows that his government will not be able to pay doctors, teachers and other public servants, and that sanctions will not allow the United Nations and other humanitarian groups to support staff pay and relief efforts. Without funding, millions of people will starve.
For this reason, he reiterates the consequences of freezing money to the international community, which he does in a vague blackmail tone, using the most feared leverage by the West, which is always the same in every crisis situation from the Turkish border. Central to the Belarusian border to the Mediterranean: If the nine billion dollar assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan were not quickly released and now blocked by the US Federal Reserve, to provoke fears of uncontrolled outflows. More than a billion dollars should be added to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Money to restart the Afghan economy in 2021-2022 has now been frozen: “If the current situation does not open up, there will be mass displacements in the region and the world”, reads the letter published in various languages. For the good genius. Muthaki is smart though worried. He is aware that he is part of a Taliban one-color government that cannot be accepted by international diplomacy, which includes minorities and demands a respectable government as a condition for negotiations, but reiterates that Kabul’s new government has been “able to bring politics” since last August. Stability and security of the country “.
As the Taliban claim to have re-established an order, of course, the restrictive use of Sharia law, the restoration of women from public life, the restoration of the Ministry and the military courts to promote morality and prevent evils should enforce “Sharia system, divine decrees and social reforms”, but this is the cost to the people. They will no longer die on the streets as before, and now the Afghans must be helped to avoid dying of starvation.
The letter is a concentration Criticism And tricky. Muthaki writes: “Like the rest of the world, our bilateral relations have experienced ups and downs.”
In those words, “ups and downs”, the head of Taliban diplomacy, explains the paradox of the Afghan crisis, but also the moral dilemma that weighs on Western governments today, he tells the US Congress: closing it is hypocritical. The door to talks today is that people are starving because you have already negotiated with us, you have negotiated in Doha, you have signed the bilateral pledge with the August 2021 expiration date, and we both respect that. You withdrew your troops and we took control.
Mutaki reveals the ambiguity that we have been pretending not to see in Afghanistan for three months: many representatives of the Taliban government have not yet been recognized as legitimate by any country, with whom the Trump administration and the Biden administration first negotiated. Several months in Qatar, until the Doha Agreement is signed.
Back then, when Western troops were withdrawn, the Taliban seemed to have appeared, and now you have to negotiate to feed the people, they seem less and less.
Muthaki writes: “We hope that members of the US Congress will think deeply and consider the problems of our people derived from sanctions, and not approach this humanitarian issue in a superficial way.”
Translated: First deal with us, and then, when we manage the power you entrusted to us, you will no longer help us, tap the money, and use it as a means of extorting money for inclusive bargaining.
Meanwhile, people are starving. Survivors try to escape.
Last week, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned the United Nations World Food Program that 300,000 Afghans had fled to Iran since August and that about 5,000 were crossing the border illegally every day. More than half of the country’s estimated 40 million people are at risk of famine this coming winter.
According to a recent Red Cross report, between November and March 2022, more than 22 million Afghans will face a severe famine or emergency.
In the pictures of banks standing in the front row at 5am, there is frustration for the plastic in the hope of being able to withdraw some money. Among them, the most tragic, hospitals.
Dominguez Stilhard, a senior member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who spent six days in hospitals in Kandahar, returned home and said he was outraged: “In the pediatric ward of the largest hospital in Kandahar, you see the naked eyes of hungry children, and the anguished faces of pessimistic parents.
It is man-made because the international community is still angry that it has turned the other way. In the pediatric intensive care unit At Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar, the number of children suffering from malnutrition, pneumonia and dehydration doubled from mid-August to September. Compared to the same period of 2020, severe and moderate global severe malnutrition increased by 31% around Kandahar.
The severity of child malnutrition in most provinces in Afghanistan is three times higher than in emergencies.
If so, who are the really starving Afghan children?
Today Donor nations are asking themselves how they can respect the point of value that creates the right to education for women, women’s political representation, freedom of expression, and the essential conditions for negotiation, and hold together the moral obligation to help Afghans.
Only with enemies do we negotiate, talk with friends, and understand.
This is the policy that drives diplomacy, which is the Western stumbling block in Afghanistan today.
The Taliban know this because if the US and Europe use pressure to get a more acceptable government out of the economic blockade, the Taliban will use the error of an immigration invasion to open the same money.
Meanwhile, people are starving.
One hundred days have passed since the Taliban entered Kabul.
It is time for Western nations to try to tell this story from a different angle.
The war is over. The Taliban won. The West has lost it.
And when the wars are over, the defeated will not be abandoned, but the victors will not be left to starve.
Even if we don’t like them.
Especially if today we are defeated by an economic system that is blocked by sanctions and supports itself in a welfare system that is dependent on the country for international assistance.