Friday, August 14, 2009

Funding the Taliban

Wow... talk about aiding the enemy. Sadly this in no way surprises me. Now I understand having to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan through projects and aid but there has to be a better way to accomplish it without funding the enemy!

KABUL — It is the open secret no one wants to talk about, the unwelcome truth that most prefer to hide. In Afghanistan, one of the richest sources of Taliban funding is the foreign assistance coming into the country.

Virtually every major project includes a healthy cut for the insurgents. Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.

“Everyone knows this is going on,” said one U.S. Embassy official, speaking privately.

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