Not to worry, MSNBC host says that “MAGA (Trump supporters) and domestic terrorists are much more of a threat that the Taliban or ISIS.”
Times of India For weeks, the Taliban promised to unveil an “inclusive” government: one that would respect women’s rights, albeit within the confines of Shariah law; represent different ethnicities; and bar terrorist groups from Afghanistan.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a member of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, even said the group wants to help fight climate change and global terrorism, according to Newsweek.
Then, on Tuesday, the Taliban announced the leadership of the caretaker government. It is all male and packed with veterans of the brutal Taliban regime of 1996 to 2001. The members are almost all Pashtun, the dominant ethnic group in the country. One is on the FBI’s most-wanted list, four spent more than a decade in the Guantánamo Bay prison and most have been sanctioned by the United Nations.
In the weeks since the US-backed Afghan government was toppled, the United Nations has cited “harrowing and credible” reports of summary executions and other human rights abuses across the country. Journalists have been beaten and thrown into jail. Just before the caretaker government announcement, a women’s protest in Kabul was suppressed with whips, batons and gunfire.
When the Taliban were last in power, their interpretation of Shariah law meant punishments meted out in sports stadiums before baying crowds. Women accused of adultery were shot dead; gay men were stoned to death. Girls were barred from school and women from working.
The uncompromising fundamentalists in the new government indicate that there will be no kinder, gentler new Taliban.