How to survive an economic recession, the Taliban way
So the Taliban take bribes. That’s new. /end sarcasm.
That was my first thought after I finished reading this article on Global Post about sources of funding to the Afghan Taliban.
The new feeling is that less than half of the Taliban’s war chest comes from poppy, with a variety of sources, including private contributions from Persian Gulf states, accounting for much of the rest. Holbrooke told reporters that he would add a member of the Treasury Department to his staff to pursue the question of Taliban funding.
But perhaps U.S. officials need look no further than their own backyard.
Anecdotal evidence is mounting that the Taliban are taking a hefty portion of assistance money coming into Afghanistan from the outside.
The idea is fairly simple: the Taliban take their cut from aid funds so that the projects can actually be implemented. Why is this anything new is beyond me. The article suggests that ‘US officials need look no further than their own backyard’ but frankly, the Taliban are used to asking for their cut. They’ve been bribed by spy agencies and their governments for decades now and they’re not going to stop anytime soon.
It’s the economy, stupid: So who’s funding the Taliban? Foreign governments, spy agencies, drugs, illegal cigarettes, sympathizers…its a fairly usual list. And given that there’s an economic recession, I bet they don’t want to end up like Al-Qaeda.