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WTF? The New York Times Publishes Taliban Propaganda Written By An FBI ‘Most Wanted’ Terrorist

The Times is really leaning into that “enemy of the people” label.

It’s not really a good look.

As a matter of fact, it’s just as bad as the paid-for propaganda pieces by China and Russia in major outlets.

The New York Times is being criticized by many, including its own Afghanistan correspondent, after publishing an opinion piece Thursday by the deputy leader of the Taliban, who is wanted by the U.S. government.

The opinion piece, headlined “What We, the Taliban, Want,” was written by Sirajuddin Haqqani as the Trump administration is hoping to reach a peace deal with the Taliban that would end America’s longest war and begin the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Source: Fox News

Mohammad Tawhidi, an Imam who wants to reform Islam, raised the alarm pretty quickly:

Here is what The Times’ senior correspondent in Afghanistan had to say:

That the New York Times would give any column space at all to oxygen burglar Haqqani to legitimize his views is bad enough, but they just let him lie without the fact-checking that they seem to reserve for President Trump and anyone to the right of Karl Marx.

Haqqani had the audacity to write, “I am confident that, liberated from foreign domination and interference, we together will find a way to build an Islamic system in which all Afghans have equal rights, where the rights of women that are granted by Islam — from the right to education to the right to work — are protected, and where merit is the basis for equal opportunity.”

Tom Rogan at the Washington Examiner handles this well:

Taliban-Haqqani ideology exists at the warped intersection of extremist Sunni-Deobandi Islam, Pashtun tribal politics, and corruption. It embraces theological foundations of deception and has no regard for “merit.” Unless, that is, the merit is measured by that which fuels Taliban patronage networks and fosters vicious authoritarianism.

Similarly, Haqqani might be serious in saying he wants women to have education and employment rights. But only so far as the education is in women’s responsibility to kneel to authoritarianism and their employment in absolute subservience to men.

Equally absurd is his response to concerns over whether Afghanistan will remain a democracy after a peace deal is signed and American troops withdraw: “My response to such concerns is that it will depend on a consensus among Afghans.”

Haqqani is both an ideological fanatic and a crime lord of drug cartel form. Under his leadership, the network has embraced criminal enterprises such as kidnap-for-ransom while adopting a wide range of money laundering operations. The incompatibility of these operations with basic tenets of Islam, including the Islam that he claims to so nobly serve, says much about the pertinence of his “consensus” prose.

Source: Washington Examiner

As Rogan notes, it’s the concluding sentiment that deserves attention, “shared home where everybody would have the right to live with dignity, in peace.”

I’m sure that the 1700-year-old Buddhist statues that were ripped down by the Taliban back in 2001 were a sign of their commitment to unity, dignity, and peace.

Award-winning Indian journalist Maya Mirchandani helps out The Times with screenshots of the FBI Most Wanted listing for Haqqani.

This whole thing exposes that there are no journalistic standards anymore.

The Media(D) is the problem.

At least now they’re letting us know who they really are.

God help us all.

K. Walker

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker