It used to be that a murderous regime needed a pliable Western journalist to get its propaganda printed in the New York Times. Not anymore! It can submit directly to the Times opinion section, as the Taliban proved this week.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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From Haqqani's letter as published by the New York Times:
We did not choose our war with the foreign coalition led by the United States. We were forced to defend ourselves. The withdrawal of foreign forces has been our first and foremost demand. That we today stand at the threshold of a peace agreement with the United States is no small milestone.
Our negotiation team, led by my colleagues Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Sher Mohammed Abas Stanekzai, has worked tirelessly for the past 18 months with the American negotiators to make an agreement possible. We stuck with the talks despite recurring disquiet and upset within our ranks over the intensified bombing campaign against our villages by the United States and the flip-flopping and ever-moving goal posts of the American side.
Even when President Trump called off the talks, we kept the door to peace open because we Afghans suffer the most from the continuation of the war. No peace agreement, following on the heels of such intensive talks, comes without mutual compromises. That we stuck with such turbulent talks with the enemy we have fought bitterly for two decades, even as death rained from the sky, testifies to our commitment to ending the hostilities and bringing peace to our country.
Unreal. Look where the fake news media finds itself now. Publishing enemy propaganda straight from the mouth of a wanted terrorist — one with the blood of countless American soldiers on his hands — and for what? Because it makes Trump look bad?
What constructive purpose could publishing this propaganda possibly serve? He accepts no responsibility, instead laying all of the blame for previously failed peace talks directly at the feet of the president and the U.S. as a whole.
Marvi Sirmed, a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C., reminds us that this is the same Haqqani of the infamous Haqqani Network that “US officials have been painting as [the] most ferocious terrorist organization, which was supported by [the] Pakistan Army.” Remember?
Remember Haqqani Network? Yes, the same which Afghan govt & US officials have been painting as most ferocious terrorist organization, which was supported by Pakistan Army.— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) February 20, 2020
The leader of that network is now Op-ed writer in NYT.
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