US CA: Column: Bush's Faustian Deal With The Taliban (Letters)
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1 US CA: Column: Bush's Faustian Deal With The TalibanTue, 22 May 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Scheer, Robert Area:California Lines:94 Added:05/22/2001

Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you. All that matters is that you line up as an ally in the drug war, the only international cause that this nation still takes seriously.

That's the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that "rogue regime" for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban's estimation, are most human activities, but it's the ban on drugs that catches this administration's attention.

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2 US CA: LTE: Aid for Afghanistan, Not the TalibanTue, 29 May 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Eastham, Alan W. Area:California Lines:37 Added:05/29/2001

I write to take strong exception to Robert Scheer's May 22 commentary, which claims the United States is the main sponsor of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan. We do not support the Taliban and never have. Scheer apparently bases his claim on the fact that the U.S. is providing humanitarian assistance to Afghans. U.S. aid goes to all parts of Afghanistan and is distributed through the World Food Program and other reputable organizations directly to needy Afghans.

The Taliban is not involved in any stage of this process, which cannot be seen in any way as support for this group.

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