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.

TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH: New, Old Messages in Latest Statement

Well, the latest summit of the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has come and gone with, reportedly, not much progress to report.

Nonetheless, a statement has been posted to the English-language Taiban web page (link to Voice of Jihad here, link to PDF at non-terrorist page here) asking the Asian neighbours for help:

The invaders  have turned our country into an inferno where the oppressed Afghans have been burning. Therefore, we urge the participants of the Shanghai Summit to render   assistance in the work of liberation of people and countries of the region from the claws of the colonialists and take a decisive stand regarding the West’s invasion of Afghanistan.

and to, again, reassure them the Taliban has no territorial ambitions outside Afghanistan:

We remind the participants of the Shanhai (sic.) Forum to be aware of being  swayed   by  the black propaganda launched against us by colonialism. We do not have any intention to harm our neighboring countries but we want to gain independence of our country which is our natural right and establish an Islamic system as a panacea for all our economic and social problems, for which, we have been offering tremendous sacrifices unremittingly.  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.

The latter message was also shared in a post-Ramadan statement issued by the Taliban as well (links to non-terrorist site), but here’s some other highlight messages from the latest statement.

“It’s ISAF’s fault schools are closed.”

Our parent are not able to send their children to schools with a peace of mind, fearing they might be killed because the invaders have frequently  shelled seminaries and schools under the excuse of being training centers of  terrorists.

“Look at how they shoot at our innocent folks not stopping for security cordons, or for no reason at all!”

Our common public passengers fear they may get stuck between  military convoys of the invaders and  lose life. Many a time, it has happened that the so-called international security forces have run over common people’s vehicles. Afterward, they  claimed that the passengers had not  paid attention to their signals. In order word, they consider passengers’ not heeding to their signal  a justification to kill  them …. They think every Afghan, child or a mature person, male or female is going to attack them by blowing up him or herself. So they fear from every rock and every bush of Afghanistan, considering them to be their enemy, thinking, Taliban might have planted a landmine under it. They open fire at every direction.

“ISAF won’t even let us run our own businesses – they’ll even burn them down if they’re doing well.”

Our businessmen are grappling with various problems in their daily commercial activities, being  not able to perform their normal business routine.  They fear, their  goods may be damaged by  foreign troops while transporting them from one province to another. They also fear that some officials in uniform will loot their commodity.  A few days ago,  foreign forces set fire to 2,000 shops in Gandum Raiz bazaar, Zamindawar area, Kajaki district, Helmand province, burning them to ashes.

This information is also in an 6 Oct 09 statement (second item; links to non-terrorist site) about an alleged fire in a bazaar in Helmand. My guess – there may have been a fire, but the Taliban is trying to blame NATO for it.

The invaders  have turned our country into an inferno where the oppressed Afghans have been burning. Therefore, we urge the participants of the Shanghai Summit to render   assistance in the work of liberation of people and countries of the region from the claws of the colonialists and take a decisive stand regarding the West’s invasion of Afghanistan.