Al-Zawahiri Was Sheltered by a Country Funded by the West
Western governments send billions to Afghanistan
This weekend, the United States, using drones, killed Al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The American intelligence services had discovered that the man was living in Kabul, protected by old acquaintances, the Taliban.
No one was surprised to learn that the links between the latter and Al-Qaeda had never been broken. What may surprise, on the other hand — or perhaps not — is that Western governments send billions to Afghanistan, a country run by terrorists.
Through the Agency for International Development, the United States sent $55 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan on June 22. Since the Taliban regained power in Kabul in August 2021 Washington has provided more than 774 million to the same country.
Canada, since 2001, has sent $3.6 billion in international aid to Afghanistan, an aid that is focused on education, health and human rights, in Ottawa’s own words. Last January, the UN and its partners — including, of course, Canada and the United States — launched an initiative to raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan just for this year.
Since 2002, the European Union (EU) has shelled out more than 4 billion euros destined once again for Afghanistan, which makes this country the largest beneficiary of EU development assistance in the world.
But, one would say, this is all for a good cause, isn’t it? Too easy. Nobody knows if all these funds are going to the right place, which Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden will not dare to admit. “If we send food [to Afghanistan], which seems not unreasonable, how can we assure that [it] doesn’t go to feed the Taliban soldiers and the terrorist regime rather than the population?”, asked Aurel Braun, professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto, during an interview he gave to Global News in October 2021.
During the G20 meeting last year, politicians and diplomats did not seem to be able to certify that the funds poured into Afghanistan were not furthering the interests of the Taliban, even when countries work directly with humanitarian agencies. Everyone knows that the risks of embezzlement are high. It can therefore be said, without being mistaken, that the West contributes to enriching a hostile regime that harbors terrorists.
Now, here’s an anecdote from a statement that speaks volumes about the incompetence of Western leaders. “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals: get those who attacked us on September 11th, 2001, and make sure Al-Qaeda could not use Afghanistan as a base from which to attack us again. We did that. We severely degraded al Qaeda in Afghanistan.”
These comments were made by none other than U.S. President Joe Biden on August 16, 2021, as the Taliban recaptured Kabul. A year later, and almost to the day, the same President ordered a strike in Kabul against the leader of an organization that was supposed to no longer play any role in Afghanistan.