Joe Biden and his mandarins want very badly for the American people to stop thinking about Afghanistan. Biden’s poll numbers have plummeted. No one – not even his most craven supporters – can really muster a coherent defense of what is perhaps the greatest foreign policy disaster in American history. Mid-term elections are approaching, and the leaders of the Democratic Party sense an impending catastrophe and the loss of control over both houses of Congress.
The women of Afghanistan don’t have the luxury of simply disappearing to Delaware and tuning out the world, however. They can’t simply turn and walk away and refuse to answer questions. They don’t have the lackeys of the so-called mainstream media to run interference for them.
They have been abandoned to the tender mercies of 6th-century Islam and the horrors it entails.
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan before 9/11, their policies regarding women were clear, barbaric, and brutal. Women were effectively imprisoned in their homes. They were denied education and access to health care. They could not work. Women were required to be covered at all times outside the home. They were forced into “marriage” to Taliban fighters.
The Taliban also required that windows of houses be painted over to prevent outsiders from seeing women inside homes. The rates of depression and suicide among Afghan women skyrocketed. One European physician reported frequent cases of burns to the esophagus as the result of women swallowing battery acid or household cleaners in an attempt to kill themselves.
Makeup and nail polish were prohibited. White socks were also prohibited, as were shoes that made noise as it was required that women walk silently.
Even when dressed in a heavy burqa according to Taliban rules, women were severely restricted in their movements. Women were permitted to leave the home only when accompanied by male relatives. Women violating these rules were beaten and, in some instances, killed.
The Taliban’s favorite method of execution for women violating its rules was stoning. This involves forcing a woman into the center of a circle of people who then kill her by hurling large stones at her. It is a prolonged, horrifying, and almost unbelievably brutal method of execution. Women violating Taliban rules also were whipped or disfigured by having the tips of their fingers, their ears or their noses cut off.
Biden and his cronies may wish you to believe that the Taliban have changed. In fact, they are desperate that you do so because then they can claim that somehow the magnitude of what has just happened is diminished. That does not make it true.
One of the first edicts to come out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan read in part as follows:
“All imams and mullahs in captured areas should provide the Taliban with a list of girls above 15 and widows under 45 to be married to Taliban fighters.” The letter came from the Taliban’s Cultural Commission. Reportedly the females identified per the order were to be forcibly removed to the Waziristan region of Pakistan where they would become, in effect, “sex slaves” to be used by Taliban fighters and to birth a new generation of jihadists.
Women all across Afghanistan have been forced from their jobs. Women once again are only allowed out of their homes when covered and in the company of male relatives. Education for girls will likely no longer be allowed. The dark curtain of ignorance and oppression is once again descending over the nation.
Recently, the Taliban shot and killed a pregnant Afghan policewoman in front of her children and husband in Ghor province. The message was clear and unmistakable. Know your place. Get back in the house. Cover your face. Do as you are told or die.
A recent women’s protest in Kabul provoked a predictable response. Attendees were attacked, beaten, and dispersed. Similar protests are still underway across the nation, and will no doubt be met with the same brutality.
Back in Washington, the most feckless Secretary of State in American history, Tony Blinken, babbled on about the alternate reality in which he would prefer we believed. He assured us that we would do everything we could to find a way to work with the Taliban “In a way that brings greater stability to the country and the region, and that protects the gains of the last two decades….” He promised to continue to funnel aid to Afghanistan as well, claiming somehow that it would magically not go to the Taliban but to non-governmental organizations. How exactly he intends to keep the Taliban from simply appropriating those funds was not made clear.
Blinken then assured us that “The Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support. Our message is: any legitimacy and any support will have to be earned.”
According to Blinken, the Taliban will earn the “legitimacy” they supposedly crave as follows.
“The Taliban can do that by meeting commitments and obligations on freedom of travel, respecting the basic rights of the Afghan people, including women and minorities, upholding its commitments on counterterrorism, not carrying out reprisal violence against those who choose to stay in Afghanistan, and forming an inclusive government that can meet the needs and reflect the aspirations of the Afghan people.”
All of this was of course meaningless to the women and girls of Afghanistan locked in their homes, being stoned to death in the street, or being carried away to the mountains to be raped and brutalized. But then, again, it wasn’t really meant for them. Everything Blinken said was a lie and intended purely for domestic consumption. Neither he nor any other member of this administration intends to do anything about the atrocities being committed in Afghanistan.
The Taliban is waging war on women, and we are looking the other way.