We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
- President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001
Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you. All that matters is that you line up as an ally in the drug war, the only international cause that this nation still takes seriously.
That's the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that "rogue regime" for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban's estimation, are most human activities, but it's the ban on drugs that catches this administration's attention.
Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading anti-American terror operation from his base in Afghanistan, from which, among other crimes, he launched two bloody attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998.
- Robert Scheer, May 22, 2001
So if those who "arm and give comfort to terrorists" are as bad as the the terrorist themselves, this means that ... oh crap. I think I'm staying indoors and stocking up on canned food. After all, if we take Bush's words seriously, the next "anti-terror" strike just might be in the U.S.A.
It will be bitter irony if a U.S. warplane is shot down by U.S. weapons paid for with some of the $43 million of U.S. foreign aid paid to the Taliban just a few months before.