TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH: Taliban Still Unhappy with U.N.

A statement posted to the Taliban’s English-language Voice of Jihad site (PDF at non-terrorist site here) is another example of how the Taliban seems underwhelmed by the United Nations these days.

On 12 Oct 09, the Taliban issued a statement dissing the Security Council for its latest endorsement of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.  This week, the Talibs posted their latest attack on the world institution as the U.N. marked its 64th anniversary on 24 Oct 09.

According to the latest statement, who’s to blame for the U.N. no longer looking out for what the Talibs consider the good guys?

This Organization has remained in the grips of a few countries who arrogantly have kept it under their belly. The right of a veto by the 5 member countries of the Security Council is a wicked instrument which they use it time and again against the remaining members of the United Nations. Thus they have deprived other nations of their rights; hurled stumbling blocks in the way of development and prosperity of people and have denied them participation in the process of decision making.

Wait a second, now.  Earlier this month, in a statement to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Taliban had this to say:

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as per its peaceful policy wants to have constructive interactions with Shanghai forum member countries for a permanent stability and economic development in the region.

Who are the members of the SCO?

  • China
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan

Who are the permanent members of the Security Council?

  • China
  • France
  • Russian Federation
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

So, IF we believe the Taliban is sincere in its SCO statement (which IS signed by the Taliban itself, unlike the latest unattributed statement – keeping in mind that nothing is likely to end up on the Taliban’s web page without the Taliban’s OK), which permanent members of the Security Council are left for the Taliban to loathe?

  • China
  • France
  • Russian Federation
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

No big surprise there.

In addition to dissing the U.N.’s record in Afghanistan, Iraq (as well as George W. Bush’s 12 Sept 02 speech – pages 5-9 at PDF here) comes in for a mention as well:

They destroyed Iraqi institutions, infrastructures and damaged economic and social values ironically under the very eyes of the UNO but this World Body instead of taking proper steps to prevent the destruction of the basic social and economic institutions, have only limited itself to issuing statistics of the  destroyed facilities.

Why the bashing of the U.N.?

One theory hinted at by Vahid Brown at jihadica.com is that this could be part of the back-and-forth between the Taliban and AQ in their “so, how connected are we?” dance (More on the various theories of how linked AQ and the Taliban are here).  This tidbit from Brown’s exploration of some jihadi online forums:

Mullah Omar’s messages imply some level of recognition of the United Nations, an organization which al-Qa’ida has unequivocally labelled as “infidel,” and that these opposing moves seem to him to signal “the beginning of the end of relations between al-Qa’ida and the Taliban.”

So, is this more proof proving that AQ and the Taliban are thinking along the same lines?  Or throwing AQ a bit of a rhetorical bone while the Taliban continue their alleged “nationalist, we won’t bother our neighbours” approach?

Stay tuned.

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