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CBS News, a recent bastion of bizarre stories, believes it’s discovered what’s at the root of the Taliban’s current “strength.”
It’s not U.S. President Joe Biden’s demonstrable weakness or his generals’ self-professed “wokeness” — no, it’s climate change.
Yes, climate change.
See for yourself:
How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban https://t.co/1fbAU1K8Fp
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 20, 2021
In a serious news report published Friday, a CBS News reporter made the case that decades of floods and droughts have hurt the country’s farmers, leaving them frustrated and thus easy to seduce into a life of crime.
“Whether from drought or flood-ravaged soil, farmers in the region struggle to maintain productive crops and livestock. When they cannot profitably farm, they’re forced to borrow funds to survive. When Afghans can’t pay off lenders, the Taliban often steps in to sow government resentment,” the piece reads.
The Taliban reportedly uses this resentment to recruit supporters.
“[Farmers] fall into choices. That’s when they become prey to people who would tell them, ‘Look, the government is screwing you over and this land should be productive. They’re not helping you. Come and join us; let’s topple this government,'” according to Nadim Farajalla, a climate change official at the American University of Beirut.
So in other words, natural changes in the climate cause economic woe, those affected grow resentful, and then the Taliban scoop them up. That appears to be the going theory, for better or worse.
However, critics didn’t appear to buy it. To them, it felt like CBS News was just randomly throwing darts. To convey this point, they decided to throw some darts themselves.
“How’s CBS News helped the Taliban”
— KEKer 2021 (@PatCros80518549) August 21, 2021
“How the moronic USA media helped strengthen the Taliban”…..fixed it
— Darren (@ChiTownCheese) August 21, 2021
How the MSM continues to die in darkness.
— Jennifer Flowers (@Jennifer2Flower) August 21, 2021
“How the Trump tax cuts helped strengthen the Taliban”
— stock 🐟⭕️⚡️💀🌹 (@_mattstock_) August 20, 2021
How the new Girl Scout cookie helped strengthen the Taliban
— Desantis 2024 (@YourBoyFlab) August 21, 2021
“How the 1619 Project strengthened the Taliban” – @CBSNews next week…probably
— Corey (@NUBSandDUBS) August 20, 2021
FFS can we get some communists in here that can do a decent propaganda piece?
This is just insulting!
— Chuck H Pepperdine (@CPeperdine) August 20, 2021
You get the idea.
Truth be told, the cycle of personal or economic woe producing resentment and the victim then joining some sort of twisted organization is nothing new. In fact, something similar happens in the United States, a nation not constantly beset by economically devastating floods and droughts.
Every year roughly half a million children join gangs annually, according to a 2014 article in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
And oftentimes, they join precisely for the same reasons Afghans join the Taliban: resentment.
“When a child‘s neurotic predispositions due to family problems are combined with a gang populated, pathogenic neighborhood environment, children often join street gangs,” reads another paper, this one published in 2014 by the International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology.
These family problems could themselves be the result of poverty, the result of mental illness, the result of racism, the result of longtime family dysfunction, etc.
“The familial sources of neurotic disposition such as fear, feelings of uselessness, anger, frustration, resentment, and self-pity may contribute to, or be the result of, a child‘s inability to resolve psychosocial developmental issues. In addition, once initiated into a street gang, he may exhibit an increased level of delinquency and proactive aggression due to identification with, and assimilation of, gang norms and values,” the paper adds.
While Afghans joining the Taliban is certainly a different phenomenon than children joining street gangs, the parallels do raise questions about whether it’s fair to blame the resentment of Afghans on climate change.
Especially since the evidence strongly suggests that the one most at fault for the Taliban’s newfound “strength” is President Joe Biden, as noted by the critics below: (** Language warning)
Climate change = Biden Administration
— 2020bjr (@2020bjr) August 21, 2021
Biden is climate change?
— Donna Hoffman (@donnamek) August 21, 2021
Headline should be: How Biden helped strengthen the Taliban. #journalism
— LabRat (@DubiBoat) August 21, 2021
“How Biden helped strengthen the Taliban”
Fixed it for you. Hacks.
— 🇺🇸ConservativePatriot🇺🇸 (@RomanNumeral100) August 21, 2021
Lets report on how Pres. Biden/Harris in their complete incompetence mapped a withdrawal plan leaving Americans and a complete arsenal of weapons for the Taliban. I am just a mom. I could have figured a better plan from my kitchen table. We need Trump!
— . (@DebraLoBello) August 21, 2021
CBS is full of shit. How about you write an article about how Biden handed over the entire country to the Taliban along with billions of dollars in military equipment to suppress the people.
— 🇺🇲Let’s Go! (@StandUpLiberty) August 21, 2021
While former President Donald Trump negotiated the Afghanistan withdrawal deal, it was Biden who set the stage for the Taliban to regain all its “strength.”
Those were voluntary decisions, not the consequences of climate change.
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