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.
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.