Indra - Chapter 07
Dr. Cammack's chapter raises some very
difficult issues relating to religious fundamentalism, identity
politics, the role of humanitarian agencies in complex emergencies, and
the interface between the West and the Islamic world.
Central to her thesis is the assertion that the West has been willing
to openly condemn the gender policies of the Taleban whereas they
ignored the very similar policies of the mujahedeen. Her argument that
this is due to the greater strategic interest which the US had in
continuing cooperation with the mujahedeen has considerable validity.
Certainly, while the US is rumored to be backing the Taleban because of
its concerns about drugs and terrorism, its wish to recover Stinger
missiles given to the mujahedeen, and its interest in the development
of a pipeline to transport Central Asian gas and oil to the Indian
Ocean, these do not weigh as heavily as the previous ambition to bring
the Soviet Union to its knees.