The Tuesday morning of September 11th, 2001 triggered a new wave of global xenophobia. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media launched the juggernaut of misinformation and deception within moments, and in conjunction with the US Federal Government, are continuing to mislead a gullible public audience, still unwilling to accept that ‘News’ is no longer a trustworthy source of information.
It took merely four weeks following 9/11 for US & NATO military forces to begin the invasion of Afghanistan. With public fervor on home soil reaching manic proportions, the US government required a scapegoat, and to exercise a sense of vengeance for the world stage.
Suddenly, the world was talking about the Taliban. Otherwise ignorant and unworldly media slaves became self-proclaimed experts on international affairs, and the Taliban were bad guys of the highest order. Let’s examine some of the ridiculous mistruths and prejudice that enveloped the social mindset, before illustrating the Taliban’s history in detail:
The Taliban are ARABS: This is simply incorrect. The Taliban, and by extension native Afghani citizens, have lineage that may be traced back to the Persian Empire. There are also lineage traits to this day of Chinese & Mongolian ethnicity, a result of Genghis Khan’s armies settling in the northern region of both Afghanistan & Pakistan. The Afghan National Anthem mentions 14 ethnic groups, with Arab merely being one of them. Furthermore, the Arabic language is rarely used in Afghanistan, outside of a theological context, and the country is not one of the Arab States.Image: A young family from Afghanistan, clearly showing genetic traits of Mongol ethnic origin.
The Taliban are MIDDLE EASTERN: While it’s a convenient tag, it’s not true. Afghanistan is inclusive of the continent of Asia, and the border definition of ‘the Middle East’ commences in the neighboring country of Iran. However, for geographically strategic purposes, the US Government often talk about the entire Persian Gulf region and surrounding areas as such. This blog will touch on these references in the posts to follow.
The Taliban are TERRORISTS: This a a broad brushstroke that became one of the common buzzwords of the past decade, and is open to much debate. What is certain, is that the Taliban are most certainly not international terrorists. There simply isn’t the financial viability nor the military might for the Taliban to instigate global unrest. They have no Naval operations, nor an Air Force, and rely on good old-fashioned ground combat.
The Taliban are responsible for THE 9/11 ATTACKS: One of my personal favorites, because it exposes those who speak such nonsense as being poorly informed. 15 of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and another four were citizens of the United Arab Emirates, Syria & Lebanon.
To suggest that the Taliban have the knowledge or the training facilities to execute an attack such as 9/11 would be near sighted, considering the regime has no air force to speak of. During the Taliban’s rise to power in the late 1990’s, all that remained of Afghanistan’s airborne military were a handful of run down, ageing helicopters. Quite simply, it’s impossible to consider the Taliban orchestrating and acting out the 9/11 strikes.
These four key misconceptions are widespread untruths that spoken often, in both the ‘trusted’ media outlets and subsequently through the supple minds of gossiping social pundits who care little for discovering the truth. Another truth if you will.