The Frog and the Scorpion – Why We Cannot Give the Taliban Legitimacy

The Frog and the Scorpion – Why We Cannot Give the Taliban Legitimacy

The Frog and the Scorpion – Why We Cannot Give the Taliban Legitimacy

When I read the Washington Post article “In quest for legitimacy and to keep money flowing, Taliban pushes for political deal with rivals”  The first thought I had was, “WTF!  How much hashish are they smoking to think they will get legitimacy?  Then I remembered the old fable about the frog and the scorpion.  The Taliban is the scorpion of course.  The UN, and Slow Joe in particular, is the frog:

“A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream. The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across the stream on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “because if I sting you while you cross the stream, surely I shall drown too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out. But in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, but has just enough time to gasp. “Why? Why would you do this to me?”

The scorpion replies: “Because I’m a Scorpion. It’s in my nature.”

Already, Joe Biden, and other’s within the International Community, are setting the stage for legitimizing the Taliban by issuing this joint statement from G7 leaders.

“our immediate priority is to ensure the safe evacuation of our citizens and those Afghans who have partnered with us and assisted our efforts over the past twenty years, and to ensure continuing safe passage out of Afghanistan.”

Seriously, this is literally out of the scorpion playbook.  The Taliban desperately want to gain legitimacy. In other words, have the world forget about their horrific history in order to grift from the world’s pocketbooks.  Instead, Joe Biden is literally begging them not to sting us as we flee.  

Yet, as our own Deanna Fisher wrote just the other day, the Taliban has drawn a very red line in the sand.  Do not pass go, do not collect $200.  Get out by August 31st, or deal with the aftermath.  And what’s so very sad about this reality is that I TRUST the Taliban over my own incompetent “leader.”  I believe them.  

In every recent press conference or interview Joe Biden’s handlers have allowed him to give, he comes across as both lost and a liar.  In the following video from ‘The Five’, we watch several cringe-worthy moments of his cluelessness and flat-out false-hoods.

That said, the Taliban has learned much in the last 20 years,.  They understand how to use social media to spread propaganda and have weaponized it as a tool for control.  According to this New York Times article:

“The Taliban, who banned the internet the first time they controlled Afghanistan, have turned social media into a powerful tool to tame opposition and broadcast their messages. Now firmly in control of the country, they are using thousands of Twitter accounts — some official and others anonymous — to placate Afghanistan’s terrified but increasingly tech-savvy urban base.”

Let that sink in for a moment.  Actual terrorists, using social media like Twitter especially to recruit MORE terrorists, are allowed to spread disinformation and propaganda.  The former president of the most powerful country in the world cannot say the same.  What the ever living hell?  I have no words.  Daily I have to fight the belief that I am in an upside down world.  I have faith American patriots will prevail, but I see a dark wind coming. 

The Taliban have also learned that America is willing to hand over planes full of cash in capitulation of our power, as Obama did with Iran. Slow Joe did freeze billions of reserved Afghan funds just 2 days after their take-over of the country.  But can we trust that he has a plan for what to do with them?  I doubt it!  Do you?  I’m guessing he will cave on that as well.  We can’t go pissing them off now can we?  I am physically repulsed by the idea we would offer them anything but contempt and scorn.

As the original Washington Post article continues:  

“A former senior Afghan official present at several of the meetings said Taliban leaders conveyed that they “want to have a shared government.”

“They say, ‘We can’t control the country without your help,’” said the former official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

“But yes, the main point is money,” the official said. “The Taliban are scared of two things: pressure from the international community,” he said, referring to sanctions, cuts to international aid and the inability to trade, “and resistance.”

The fact that the Taliban speaks out of both sides of their mouth repeatedly should tell us exactly why we can’t allow them a seat at any table.  One one hand

“The Taliban vowed Tuesday to respect women’s rights, forgive those who fought them and ensure Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists as part of a publicity blitz aimed at reassuring world powers and a fearful population.”

On the other hand, there are reports of shooting a woman for not wearing a burqa.  There are MANY reports of the Taliban going door to door executing those they believe worked with the U.S.  

But hey, we gave them the keys to the kingdom, so guess we gotta accept them.  Warts and all.  Right?  Shameful.

I think the best, most emotional appeal I have read is from a young Afghan woman whose family fled Afghanistan in 1998.  She returned to her home country in 2014 for a humanitarian assignment: 

“The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan through force and, over the last 20 years, it has taken direct responsibility for deadly attacks on civilians, committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Therefore, although the Taliban may have de facto control of Afghanistan’s territory, the group has failed to uphold its international obligations, such as the responsibility to protect and respect the human rights of Afghan citizens and is unlikely to do so. For instance, the group has started a door-to-door manhunt for people who have worked with international missions, the previous government and, of course, Afghanistan security forces.

The international community must not recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan. It does not represent us, or protect and respect our human rights. Do not give the group the legitimacy it craves. It does not deserve it.”

Featured Image: “scorpian” by colleendowd is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, cropped and modified

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  • Chad King says:

    After the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland, Churchill told Chamberlain that “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.” Biden has the same choice, will act like Chamberlain, and shockingly will not achieve “peace for our time.”

    We voted this moron in and all of us will have to live with the consequences.

  • AF JAG retired says:

    It’s clear we are actively negotiating the international legitimization of the Taliban. Blinken and academics who think like him believe we can turn them into “responsible members of the international community” by giving them UN membership, World Bank loans, unfreezing assets, etc. This hasn’t worked well with China and North Korea, but why let experience stand in the way of a beautiful theory?

    • GWB says:

      Progressivism is terribly persistent in its failure to understand human nature. As a religion it’s way beyond Christianity (based on anti-Christian claims) in terms of “blind faith”.

    • GWB says:

      Also, Progressivism is also very persistent in its belief that the facade of Western Civ is its foundation. That its results are its engine.

  • GWB says:

    Why We Cannot Give the Taliban Legitimacy
    Who the hell conferred on us or the UN the authority to “give” any gov’t “legitimacy”? They’re legitimate because they control it. We can deny them a seat at the UN and they will shrug and go about running their ‘country’. It’s only in the minds of the Progressive (and those who believe it, despite thinking they don’t) that a supernational body has any authority to tell countries what to do. It’s part of the arrogance of Progressivism (right along with “antion-building”, which is what got us into this mess).

    tl;dr: Who cares about their “legitimacy”?

    The Taliban desperately want to gain legitimacy.
    ROFL! No, they don’t.

    They understand how to use social media to spread propaganda and have weaponized it as a tool for control.
    Heh. So have the Progressives.

    Daily I have to fight the belief that I am in an upside down world.
    Part of the Progressive mindset that even conservatives have been seduced into believing, that the world was ever anything but this sort of incompetence and arrogance and sin. What’s upside down is your expectation that 1) “everything is beautiful…” and 2) any peace and prosperity we had was going to go on indefinitely.

    I am physically repulsed by the idea we would offer them anything but contempt and scorn.
    I’m morally repulsed by the fact we’re offering them anything but the sharp end of a sword and some Greek fire to clear the streets. But I was also morally repulsed by the decision to “nation-build”. And it’s how we got here.

    The Taliban are scared of two things: … the inability to trade
    BWAHAHAHA! And you believe this guy?! What does Afghanistan have to trade? Oh yes, they have some minerals – that they can’t get out of the ground and never will be able to (unless their culture and religion changes). And they export… heroin – which no one is ever going to “legitimize” trade in.
    (The Chinese will exploit this by giving money to the Taliban and then bringing in their own equipment and people to run the mining operations. But that will not be “trade”.)

    we can’t allow them a seat at any table.
    They run the place. If you want to deal politically with Afghanistan, then they have the de facto seat at the table. If you don’t care to deal politically with Afghanistan… congratulations, you might be shedding your progressive indoctrination.

    It does not represent us, or protect and respect our human rights.
    Yes, it does, actually, represent you. They took control. Leave your Progressive illusions at the door and step into the real world. “Democracy” does not bestow legitimacy. Control does. And, until you agree to re-base the culture on Christian norms, you don’t get to babble about “human rights” and such. That is for people who actually believe those things.

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