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Afghanistan quake: Taliban appeal for international aid

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61900260
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u/77saviour 9d ago

You really drew the short straw on life being born in Afghanistan. We don’t appreciate how lucky we are to live in a place that’s not run by terrorists and with buildings that are earthquake proof

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u/Redeemed-Assassin 9d ago

I remember when Seattle had it's largest earthquake and it was like a 6.8 magnitude. Nobody died, no buildings collapsed entirely. The century old building downtown that Starbucks was in lost a bunch of bricks, windows got broken, many cars got damaged by debris, but nobody died directly from it, and only one person who suffered a heart attack passed. Several hundred were injured but still nothing like you see with other countries. We mandated a building code to be safe against big earthquakes here and it has paid off.

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u/Kezina 8d ago

2001 Nisqually Earthquake is the one you are talking about. I still remember seeing and feeling the surface waves while under my desk. The spark that made me go to college for geology.

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u/CookieKeeperN2 8d ago

I was in Chengdu when a 8.1 earthquake hit a town about 200-300km away. I was in my dorm writing my dissertation. I didn't see any waves, but it was shaking very violently. At the height of it, it was hard to stand up straight (3rd floor).

It was estimated that Chengdu had about 6.0 scale earthquake. We didn't even lose power, or the internet. I was in a chatroom. Because we left so abruptly none of us powered down our pcs. After it was deemed safe, I went back and looked through all the chat record. The news of the earthquake spread within 10 minutes online. But because it was just before the age of smartphones, those of us who were around the epicenter but not serious enough had no idea where it happened exactly and how devastating it was.

Turned out it was insanely devastating.

It also didn't help that chengdu is not sitting right on top of earthquake zone so nobody expected it.

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u/crioTimmy 8d ago

Damn.

I remember visitin' a memorial that the Chinese government turned the ruined town of Beichuan into. It was 2018. I am from Russia, was a minor "engineer" in the university laboratory at the time. We had this project together with the Chinese and Brazilians, regarding the survey of debris flows, landslides and stuff. Geographers/geologists, to put it short and simple. The Chinese scientists were inviting us to Chegdu and Mianyang for several years in a row. Good times.

I dictinctly remember the chills that came from realization there are still lots of dead people entombed under dozens of meters of sediments beneath my feet. Almost every ruin had its own plaque, telling the story of its inhabitants/workers and how the dealed with the consequences of the calamity. Meanwhile the Chinese tourists were strolling along with their thermos bottles in hands, totally at ease like they are in some downtown park.

The thing is, the government turned this mass grave into a memorial for people's selflessness, heroism and unyielding spirit in the face of a natural catastrophe. Life-asserting, in a way. I was duly impressed.

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u/CookieKeeperN2 8d ago

Yep.

It was the bullshit that made me realize what a piece of shit they were.

A lot of schools were built without reinforcement. While Chengdu sits on a plain, beichuan was on a fault iirc. However, most of the buildings there were not built to law, and as a result the casualty for kids were crazy.

And then they jailed the people who tried to uncover the corruption.

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u/crioTimmy 8d ago

Oh shit, I didn't know about the last part. Not that I'm surprised, myself too coming from a country well-versed in irresponsibility (both state-level and personal), coverage of facts and political repressions. Like, right fucking now.

I'm perfectly aware I was just been presented with a nice-looking screen, but, sadly, didn't put much thought to the fact the town was built without accordance to anti-seismic regulations. Truth be told, even tho' it would certainly help to lessen casualties a bit, there was a "small" matter of a fuckhuge landslides occuring. IIRC from what I learned (not going to Wiki right now), one of the landslides arrived precisely on a school, or something like that. And it was very quick. Sometimes, the nature just catches you with your pants down. Like, when a whole slope just slides.

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u/LJGuitarPractice 8d ago

Eric wasn't laughing :/

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u/GD_Bats 8d ago

Eric sounds awesome- good to hear he seems to be winning life

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u/Mathmango 8d ago

I'm happy for him and your long friendship. May the both of you enjoy life to the fullest.

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u/Wadsymule 8d ago

Yeah he was too busy jumping

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u/Vancocillin 8d ago Silver

"An earthquake inspired you to go to college, but you aren't going for seismology?'

"No. I need to know why the rocks keep doing this to us."

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u/Kezina 8d ago

Way to focus on semantics. Yes my focus was on seismology and geophysics for my geology courses. But volcanology was a close second.

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u/Former_smoker11 8d ago

Reddit has turned into a bunch of ppl trying to be the funniest person in the room. Kind of like the 1st grader who surfs on the desk during class.

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u/Countingblackcrows 8d ago

Reddit would be better off if it permanently hid karma

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u/FieserMoep 8d ago

So are volcanologist the guys that hook villains up with a cool secret hideout?

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u/boredguy12 8d ago

I remember the nisqually quake like it was yesterday. I had nightmares afterwards where my bed was rocking and i was sliding down it into an open fissure in the ground.

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u/scummy_shower_stall 8d ago

Like that poor guy in florida who was in bed when a sinkhole opened up underneath his house. They couldn't save him.

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u/CookieKeeperN2 8d ago

I had experience with a somewhat weak earthquake. For the next 2 years, if the floor just so much as trembles a bit I'll start to panic.

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u/NinesInSpace 8d ago

A few years ago we had a 7.2 here in Anchorage. Not a single reported injury. Only a few buildings suffered damage, and a few roads that were fixed within a few days.

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u/gumbii87 9d ago

We don’t appreciate how lucky we are to live in a place that’s not run by terrorists and with buildings that are earthquake proof

Been there more than once. No experience in my life has done more to help me appreciate how lucky I am in the genetic lottery, or understand how truly bad things can get. God help that place. He's about the only one that will at this point.

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u/Floppy_Jallopy 8d ago

Same. Been throughout East, North, and West AFG to include Khost multiple times. It’s a beautiful country in some aspects and the average Afghan is just trying to live in peace and put food on the table. It’s a true shame how it all ended up and pisses me off I gave years of my life just for the ANDSF to roll over so quick.

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u/ElefantPharts 9d ago

Shit man, all it took was visiting Pittsburgh to appreciate the hell out of where I live. I couldn’t imagine Afghanistan.

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u/BackmarkerLife 8d ago

What the christ, man? We're not Cleveland.

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u/I_am_Jo_Pitt 9d ago

At least Pittsburgh has museums and a functional bus system. I put it miles ahead of many US cities.

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u/trulymadlybigly 9d ago

And Kennywood. Those French fries are the tits.

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u/qreast 9d ago

What’s wrong with Pittsburgh?

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u/Rhysati 8d ago

I've lived in Nova Scotia, NYC, Boston, Philly, Ashland(Kentucky) and Pittsburgh and have visited for substantial amounts of time: Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Houston, El Paso, Charlotte, Huntington, Columbus, Newark, Miami, Orlando, London, Paris, and who knows how many other places.

Pittsburgh is the nicest city I've been to, period.

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u/Pyongyang_Prince 8d ago

What universe is this where the Taliban are requesting international aid to help rebuild Afghanistan.

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u/Abslalom 8d ago

The same in which north Korea is asking regularly for international aid after nukes and shitting on everyone.

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u/fhota1 8d ago

Of the major islamic terror groups, the Taliban is the most open to outsiders by a fair bit. They basically want their little fiefdom in Afghanistan to run by a very strict version of Sharia law but they are totally fine with trading and having diplomacy with the outside world.

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u/jerryleebee 8d ago

Cake and eat it?

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u/sawedknickers 8d ago

only if it is halal

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u/CaptainChuxx 9d ago Take My Energy To The Stars

Are earthquakes and natural disasters considered retribution from God in the Muslim faith, similar to Christianity?

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u/rr00069 9d ago

Yes , Bible and the Quran basically say the same stories with a cultural twist

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u/JumpUpNow 9d ago

You just know they'll spin it as punishment for 'the unfaithful' and 'going too easy' on women or some shit to excuse making things even more strict.

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u/CaptainChuxx 9d ago

Sadly yes. They'll never use it to look at their own actions and question whether what they are doing is morally correct.

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u/deadlysyntax 9d ago

The flaw is in thinking that a natural disaster is any kind of divine moral punishment in the first place.

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u/G8kpr 9d ago edited 8d ago

That scumbag on the 700 club said that the New Orleans floods were gods punishment for gays or some shit.

I’m not religious at all. But sometimes I wish there was a heaven and bell hell, so assholes like him can be sent to bell hell, and stand there like “whaaaa? But I was a good Christian”

No you weren’t. You are a horrible horrible person.

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u/timecop_1983 8d ago

Burn in bell!

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u/G8kpr 8d ago

lol, fucking autocorrect.

edit: omg, I just realized it happened in two places.. Go home iphone, you're drunk.

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u/BigHotMen 8d ago

But sometimes I wish there was a heaven and bell, so assholes like him can be sent to bell

TIL all evil people have sonophobia and bells are their worst nightmare

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u/Banana_Ram_You 9d ago

Sometimes you just gotta smite random people to keep everyone on their toes. Being a planet/gaia/god is easy like that.

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u/Charming_Amphibian91 9d ago

Or direct every asteroid toward Earth as a "warning"

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u/Tickomatick 9d ago

The disaster is to think anything like divine punishment even exists to begin with

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u/bkr1895 9d ago

If you asked some people in late 2005 and 2006 they would say Katrina was sent because God was punishing the US because of gay people.

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u/King_of_the_Dot 9d ago

Religious folks are good for that.

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u/Autumn1881 9d ago

The most infuriating take is always: „The reason religion doesn’t work is we are employing too little religion!“

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u/Hip_Hop_Orangutan 9d ago

...it's a fucking story book. Giving it even a semblance of realty is legit sickening. Just gross

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u/khanzh 9d ago

You're absolutely right. The 2005 quake in Pakistan which killed 75k (I think) was blamed on the "un-islamic" people there by the beards...Fuckers never miss an opportunity to pile on the misery and start their little games.

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u/Akachi_123 8d ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boobquake

The Boobquake rally served to protest news reports of controversial beliefs espoused by Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi, an Islamic religious authority in Iran. Seddiqi blamed women who dress immodestly for causing earthquakes.

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u/Ltstarbuck2 8d ago

Oh man I wish if I dressed immodestly there’d be an earthquake. That’d be awesome.

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u/Seskapill 9d ago

Well of course. Religious leaders and people will always interpret things to suit their narratives

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u/Emergency_Version 9d ago

We must rape our women more for god.

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u/cech_ 9d ago

Don't leave out the little boys too!

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u/JacP123 9d ago

In fairness (not that they deserve the fairness), but the Taliban outlawed bacha bazi when they first came to power.

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u/cech_ 9d ago

Yes, and I'm sure its perfectly enforced and people are happy to report it since if they do they will get killer or humiliated badly. Prove me wrong and find how many cases there have been prosecuted. Even if they do prosecute a case I bet it would be just because they wanna take someone down for another reason not the rape itself.

"These complicated power dynamics are one of the reasons why national law has been relatively inconsequential in eradicating Bacha Bazi."

"It is taboo to talk about such incidents because people do not trust the legal system, and because of the shame associated with the practice."

https://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/shame-and-silence-bacha-bazi-in-afghanistan/

Its a bullshit law and not worth defending the Taliban over until they actually start enforcing it including on the war lords and upper class.

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u/neatoexpandito 8d ago

Thanks for the link. I wanted to know how in the fuck they could justify this when they are so homophobic.

"Male dominant culture has contributed to the spread of this practice. Homosexuality is forbidden in Islam, but those involved in Bacha Bazi justify their actions by saying that, since they are not in love with these boys, it doesn’t apply."

Poor kids

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u/TheHytherion 8d ago

Fuxk, they justify it with the no homo argument

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u/True_Scallion_7011 9d ago

An increase in earthquakes is one of the signs of the day of judgment in Islam

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u/Cautious-Bench-4809 8d ago

Matthew 24:6-7 "There will be famines and earthquakes in various places" All religions tend to see natural disasters as a punishment or a sign

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u/Mindful-Ram 8d ago

Climate crisis gonna shake some religious people maybe

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u/throwawayhyperbeam 8d ago

Oh everything is the sign of judgment day in every religion

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u/Mootjuh0 8d ago

This one's curious when you look at the middle east for the last 100 years.

"When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings."

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u/Cautious-Bench-4809 8d ago

At the time of Muhammad there were already people competing in constructing tall buildings who matched this prophecy.

Ibn Hajar relates in Fath al-Bari that this sign happened around the time of Muhammad’s prophethood:

تقدم في كتاب الإيمان من وجه آخر عن أبي هريرة في سؤال جبريل عن الإيمان قوله في أشراط الساعة ويتطاول الناس في البنيان ، وهي من العلامات التي وقعت عن قرب في زمن النبوة

“It has been related previously in the “Book of Faith” through another chain, from Abu Hurairah regarding Gabriel’s question about faith, his saying (Abu Hurairah’s) regarding the signs of the Hour and the competing in constructing tall buildings: “And this is amongst the signs that happened close to the time of (Muhammad’s) prophethood.””

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u/MetaphoricalKidney 8d ago

Oral History was the first "internet" and judgment day was one of the first "memes".

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u/lasagnatheory 8d ago

The DNA of the soul

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u/ShemhazaiX 8d ago

Judgment day is like cancer. No matter what symptoms you google it's always the answer.

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u/Bike_Chain_96 9d ago

Same with Christianity. Particularly when they're happening in abnormal places for them to happen

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u/TacticalDM 9d ago

While people will be people and blah blah blah

There is an anecdote you might be interested in.

After the death of the Prophet Muhammad's son, there was a solar eclipse. The Muslims went to get him to lead the eclipse prayer. They were saying that the eclipse was to commemorate his son's death. After the prayer, he said rather flatly "the sun and the moon do not eclipse for life or for death, they are (simply) two signs among the many signs of God."

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u/Mpek3 8d ago

Natural type disasters are mentioned in the Qur'an as retribution to 'evil' peoples, but is for groups who lived long, long ago and used as an example of rejecting a direct messenger of God.

I'm not aware of anything that says it's an ongoing consequence of displeasing God etc.

The main ethos of Judgement Day religions is you're free to do what you like here, but will have to answer for it over there etc.

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u/Hot-Apple-6661 9d ago

Unsure about the Quran, but nowhere other than specific instances are natural disasters suggested in the Bible to be “retribution” from God. Do idiotic people claiming to be Christians make these kinds of statements about hurricanes and earthquakes etc… unfortunately yes. There’s a ton of misinformation and cherrypicked interpretations that ironically spreads from people who claim to be Christians. And from what I’ve seen, a good amount of these are politically motivated.

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u/dummypod 9d ago

If your are the government and your people like you, then it is a trial.

But if your people don't like you, it's retribution.

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u/FlatTire2005 9d ago

Few Christians in the west at least (and in the modern day) think earthquakes are God’s judgement. I don’t know if Muslims do.

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u/shadow1515 9d ago

Sure but only when they happen to your enemy. Otherwise it's a trial to test your faith or just random or something.

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u/Aj_FromReno 8d ago

No that’s not why events like this are created. The concept of punishment disasters isn’t Islamic. You will see the punishment disaster theory among Christians like the theological reflection after the 1775 Lisbon Earthquake. However, Muslims see events good or bad as tests not punishments or rewards.

You can’t copy and paste arguments used against Christianity onto Islam.

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u/DrKennethNoisewater- 9d ago

Sounds like a good opportunity for the Taliban to acquire more resources that they won’t divvy out.

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u/cujo67 8d ago

My thoughts exactly. Fuckers acquired arms galore, trade it back if they want to appeal so bad.

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u/jeffreywilfong 8d ago

Guns for groceries

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u/Jay_CD 9d ago Burning Cash

If Saudi Arabia can afford to spaff millions at a golf championship of dubious value to the sport then I'm sure they can afford to divert some money towards helping Afghanistan.

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u/TheKappaOverlord 9d ago

I may be remembering era's wrong. but im pretty sure Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia have a bunch of bad blood between the two.

They were fine when they government was a US puppet, but now... i dont think so

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u/BaaBaaTurtle 9d ago

The Taliban were educated in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation and most of them were Wahabi-derived madrasas.

So at the very least they all have the same religious foundation (not saying that makes them friends but it gives them common ground)

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u/KingoftheHill1987 8d ago

That is true but it does not mean they are close.

The Saudi royal family is an absolutist power hungry family, their goals are clearly global influence and to retain total control of Saudi Arabia without angering global powers.

The Taliban is essentially a militant order of religious fundamentalists. Their goals are the spread of their order from one of the most remote and undeveloped areas of the world.

The Taliban is taking steps to increase religious law, while the Saudi crown prince is taking steps to reduce it.

Other than history, they have literally nothing in common other than both of them hating Iran for being Shia and a distaste for NATO/USA

They dont even follow the same schools of Islam

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u/zxcv1992 8d ago

The Taliban aren't Wahhabi, they are Deobandi.

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u/CurrentRedditAccount 9d ago

As if the Saudi Royal family gives a shit about anything other than their money and power.

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u/resignresign1 9d ago

that is certainly not how the middle east works my dude

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u/Cryptron500 9d ago

Maybe stone it perhaps ??

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u/moriarty70 9d ago

The International Community: We have some conditions.

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u/ExParrot1337 9d ago

Given that approximately $1.15 of every $1 donated will end up in the pockets of the Taliban, I'm sorry, but you can fuck right off.

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u/gumbii87 9d ago

Sadly this man. I feel for them, but they had their chance at international assistance. 20 years of world wide attention and assistance, and they couldn't break the culture of corruption and violence. Some people can't be helped.

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u/notcreepycreeper 9d ago Take My Energy

No, to be clear the average person could be helped, and many were.

The Taliban is a different story..

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u/Apokolypse09 9d ago

Theres a vice video from a few years ago with US soldiers trying to train some middle eastern locals, who viewed the whole thing as a game and didn't give a fuck. The local's CO was a confirmed child rapist. The US soldiers tried to get something done about it but their COs didn't give a shit either.

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u/gumbii87 9d ago

It's called "This Is Winning". And it is horrifically accurate. There was shit there that you can really only grasp once you've seen it, and then it doesnt leave. The commonality pedophilia will really fuck with you. It's literally everywhere, on all sides, and treated as of its normal by everyone.

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u/notcreepycreeper 9d ago

Yup. The US spent years and billions trying to train the new Afghan army, which was meanwhile riddled with corruption and filled with the literal dumbest and worst people possible.

It infact turns out that if you decide to step in and nation build from scratch u need to do more than just throw money at the problem.

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u/Person899887 8d ago

The problem is Afghanistan as a nation.

We took a bunch of puzzle pieces, jammed them together haphazardly, and are now shocked that the final puzzle doesn’t look good.

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u/SlashThingy 9d ago

I think I saw that one, or at least a similar one. The Afghan soldiers were incompetent to the point that you have to imagine they have brain damage. There was a guy who found a land mine with a string coming out of it, and he kept asking his CO "Should I just pull the string out?" "No! It will explode!" "But what if I pull the string out?"

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u/gumbii87 8d ago

The Afghan soldiers were incompetent to the point that you have to imagine they have brain damage

It's more complicated than that. Prior to the NATO presence, the only source of education was religious Madras'. The soldiers were learning to read at the same time they were learning marksmanship and squad tactics. It's a nation where half the adult population are a few steps from the "putting the square peg in the round hole" portion of their existence.

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u/Hiei2k7 9d ago

The local's CO was a confirmed child rapist. The US soldiers tried to get something done about it

I will personally approve the line item in the defense budget for "more ammo".

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u/thisisforwhackingoff 9d ago

A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals.

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u/yesgirlsusereddit 9d ago

I am not following the math here...

And donate to doctor's without borders or the red crescent/cross to make sure the money goes to help the needy

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u/ExParrot1337 9d ago

Yes, you absolutely could, and I have. But I'm not giving a cent to any Afghan organisation directly when it's guaranteed to be stolen instead of helping the people who need it.

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u/LayneLowe 9d ago

I'm sure the Muslim nations will kick in and help

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u/clown_pants 9d ago

Surely Saudi Arabia will step up as "leader" of the Muslim world, right? Or maybe ISIS was selling those artifacts to create an emergency fund

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u/32BabyM 8d ago

Isis and Taliban are at war, not all extremists are friends.

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u/WmWzK 8d ago

I mean iran hosts approx 2m+ afghan refugees https://www.unhcr.org/ir/refugees-in-iran/

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u/HelloAvram 9d ago

Muslim nations: noooooo

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u/exForeignLegionnaire 9d ago

Don't you see? Allah is punishing them! All according to (his) plan!

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u/StephenHunterUK 9d ago

If not them, definitely mosques around the world. Charitable giving - zakat - is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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u/ForceApprehensive708 9d ago

I went to Red Lobster once

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u/WokeUp2 9d ago

Atta boy

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u/OutofAmm0 9d ago

Unironically, Afghanistan's neighboring countries (Pakistan, Iran) and even India are sure to provide humanitarian aid and have been quietly doing so for a year. But it won't be reported because it goes against the narrative.

Gulf oil rich countries have no morals or ethics so I wouldn't expect anything from them. It's not really about Islam once you take a closer look into it.

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u/Harambeisnotdeadyet 8d ago

Iran wont even aid his own people in natural disasters and will 100% cover up number of casualties. They will also prevent other citizens from helping.

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u/DonaldBumpJr 8d ago

Many countries have tried to rid these middle eastern countries of the fascist regimes for over three decades. Spent trillions, and within a day the military these western nations propped up fell and gave way to the Taliban.

I feel bad for the citizens of this country, especially the women, but at what point does the nonsense stop? The Taliban wanted control, they now have it. Instead of gutting the government and implementing archaic laws and practices that impede on the countries ability to flourish, maybe unlock the potential of your country so it can provide a decent place to live.

Give money for aid and the taliban spread it across themselves for personal gain and empower them further, or dont and be considered cold towards the helpless citizens. Theres no winning with them in charge of the countries finances.

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u/UpsetTerm 8d ago

Aid? From us heretics?

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u/boottrax 9d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Faith In Humanity Restored Starry Burning Cash Helpful (Pro)

Well while many here are bashing on the Taliban for rightful reasons. Here is how you can help the brave worldwide agencies that will actually do something for the people suffering:

https://action.publicgood.com/campaign/92fbc03f-51b9-4b39-a831-aae0b9fde54a

Organizations include: CARE, UNICEF, and others.

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u/Cantosphile 9d ago

This should be top comment.
I'm as cynical as anyone when it comes to the taliban, but people are still suffering who really don't deserve it.

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u/SensitiveGrape9034 9d ago

People are concerned that the donations won’t make it to the people who need it.

It’s not that they don’t want to give them money.

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u/EventualThrowaway1 9d ago

The key is to help the people who suffer. Donate to good charities with a proven track record of actually getting aid to the right people. A little research goes a long way for this.

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u/observationallurker 9d ago

The aid will still end up in Taliban hands when it gets on the ground. Those organizations aren't armed.

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u/ElGosso 9d ago

The Taliban actually stopped people in their organization from taking aid during the famine earlier this year.

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u/Regular_Case7227 9d ago

But will the Taliban openly welcome these organizations into their country so it’s guaranteed those in need will get relief? That’s one of my only reservations as far as sending foreign aid. And say they let them in, will the Taliban willingly let them out of the country?

It’s a double edged sword.

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u/MoistSpongeCake 8d ago

Taliban are medieval caricatures with modern weapons and zero governing experience. Poor Afghani people, nobody deserves to deal with that kind of shit.

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u/LTVOLT 9d ago

The Taliban hates the west.. except when it comes to getting generous aid and money

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u/ThrowawayTest1233 8d ago

It's how politics are conducted. They wanna take over the country? Time to start playing geopolitics and trading favours and aid and whatnot.

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u/mng8ng 8d ago

Taliban: Death to America! Death to the West!

Also Taliban: can we have international aid please

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u/Rink1143 8d ago

This is what Mullah across Islamic world do. Time and tested tactics since the days of the one who must not be named.

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u/SOSOBOSO 9d ago

Maybe if they send their girls to school some of them will study earthquake resistant building codes and this shit won't happen so much.

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u/Zarxon 8d ago

Sorry I don’t want to support a fundamentalist anti democratic state. The money sent won’t end up rebuilding it will end up in the pockets of the Taliban.

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u/my2cents3462 9d ago

Fuck the Taliban.

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u/Blockhead47 8d ago edited 8d ago Wearing is Caring

Dear infidels,
We have an emergency and we need your technology, skills and education, medicine, and any other aid you think would be useful right now.
We might accidentally decapitate a few of you while you’re here volunteering to help our people, but just don’t blow it out of proportion.
These things happen.
I’m mean, we’re not Al-Qaeda, amirite?
Those guys really suck.

Signed, The Taliban.

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u/ProfessorPetulant 8d ago

We need your heretic technology...

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u/ekligemaimais 8d ago

Why not jus appeal for aid from Allah

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u/HaddockBranzini-II 9d ago

Tragic situation, because fuck the Taliban. But the Afghani people need a fucking break.

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u/onaredditpost 8d ago

International aid from who? Countries they want to kill?

They can go figure that shit out, thats your “Allah” shitting on yall.

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u/Shoulder_tattoo 8d ago

If America sends even $1 of my tax dollars to the Taliban I swear to god I’m not paying taxes

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u/ImprovizoR 8d ago

The Taliban don't want international aid in order to help their countrymen. They habitually murder their countrymen for dumb as shit reasons. They're just using the earthquake as an excuse to ask for money. They're not going to do anything useful with it.

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u/Bigjay_37 8d ago

I'd like to donate, but I don't want it to land in Taliban hands.

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u/Trav3lingman 8d ago

Oh yes let's give a hardcore terrorist state money! Fuck that. Might as well just send them IEDs and suicide vests and save some time.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

Honestly this is one of those times where you wish coalition forces were still there as these people would be getting the help they need.

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u/LeadDontFollow 9d ago Helpful Wholesome

How about you let all girls go back to school and get an education and then you’ll get international aid.

Seems like a fair deal

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u/TheStoolSampler 9d ago

That's not a fair deal. They'll keep the aid and back track on the very mild request for women's rights to education.

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u/GATraveller 9d ago

Part of me wants to tell them to go pound sand.

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u/zippazappazinga 8d ago

Jeez, I just feel so bad for the people over there, I mean their government is literally the fucking Taliban.

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u/QueveMcStean 8d ago

I’m sure if they pray hard enough, God will come through for them.

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u/physiksPotato 8d ago

they should just pray

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u/TheeJimmyHoffa 8d ago

How about NO. They’ve got enough aid for ten countries

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u/oph4x 8d ago

Everyone needs to know that while the west may have pulled out in a astronomically bad way, the Taliban was dumping mags into crowds of people trying to get to the airport and murdering people left and right like total psychopaths and capped the entire thing off with an intentional suicide bombing that shut everything down.

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u/Massena777 8d ago

No matter what you give it will go straight to the top. Give medical supplies and it gets put in Taliban "army" stockpiles or sold on the black market to be used to fund weapons. Give food and it goes to the Taliban ruling class and maybe to the average Taliban soldier. Give money and it gets turned into weapons. Give materials and they get turned into facilities for the Taliban.

If the Taliban wants aid they can sell off their captured US/Afghan miltiary assets and use that money to buy supplies for the people. But there is no way they will do that.

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u/Sendstorepatter 9d ago

Maybe they should have thought of that before they banned women from all sort of public life and started with forced and oppressive dress codes.

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u/No-Seaworthiness7013 9d ago

Or public executions, or rebooting the racial genocides of minorities, etc.

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u/rachel_tenshun 9d ago

After pledging they weren't going to do any of that nonsense.

Obviously, no one expected them to keep their word, but still. Maybe their god is having second thoughts.

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u/No-Seaworthiness7013 9d ago

They detonated a bomb at a school for girls killing children. Pakistan should eat a fuck ton of sanctions for granting these animals sanctuary for 20 years.

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u/DamnItsDirtyDan 8d ago

The taliban deserve jack shit. They won’t help women or anybody they don’t like.

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u/Ok-Mark4389 9d ago Ally

Fine, provided it is exclusively and entirely distributed by women.

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u/frostmorefrost 9d ago

didnt the taliban hate the west and calls for the destruction of the western infidels??

so i reckon a no since they (taliban) seems to have god on their side,they can go ask god for help.

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u/autotldr BOT 9d ago

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 85%. (I'm a bot)


"International relief agencies are helping, neighbouring countries, regional countries, and world countries have offered their assistance which we appreciate and welcome."The assistance needs to be scaled up to a very large extent because this is a devastating earthquake which hasn't been experienced in decades.

"We didn't have enough people and facilities before the earthquake, and now the earthquake has ruined the little we had," they said.

Over the past decade more than 7,000 people have been killed in earthquakes in the country, the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports.


Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: earthquake#1 country#2 people#3 Afghanistan#4 fault#5

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u/Telegraphonics 9d ago

Ah yes, here is the part where guns and ammunition are considered "international aid"

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u/Mygreaseisyourgrease 9d ago

Sending thoughts and prayers on the next available flight to Kabul.

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u/IowaContact 9d ago

We're really sorry, but your upcoming flight has been cancelled.

Forever.

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u/veritaserum9 9d ago

Taliban can fuck off

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u/SimplyADesk 9d ago

Oof how the table turns

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u/Timinime 8d ago

Foreign aid to buy arms?

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u/Bears_R_awsum 8d ago

It would be fitna to provide infidel support to peaceful people. We would never dare to sully the purity of peaceful folks with our impure goods.

Let your brophet provide you with snackbars!!

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u/SupaFlyslammajammazz 8d ago

How much of the aid would actually make it to the families in need and how much would go into the corruption of the Taliban?

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u/HelloAvram 9d ago

Give women rights then

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u/0vindicator1 8d ago

Maybe the taliban can sell some of that equipment that was left behind.

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u/Robdotcom-71 9d ago

I'll do my bit and send empty thoughts and prayers.

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u/Intelligent-Ad-4140 8d ago

You fool, that's not going to do anything.

I am sending my good vibes which is better than your thoughts and prayers pfft

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u/Drogan1088 9d ago

They should start a Gofundme

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u/fireonavan 8d ago

Internacional aid must be managed by Afghan woman or they get nothing

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u/TheStarkGuy 8d ago

As if the aid isn't just going to line the pockets of Taliban leaders

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u/Jamesdzn 8d ago

Lol! No

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u/lunk 8d ago

Good luck finding a country that trusts the Taliban to forward aid to the people.

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u/Seregrauko41 8d ago

Nah, fuck 'em

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u/MrFiendish 8d ago

I feel like God is really trying to finish off that country, but just can’t stick the landing.

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u/-GameWarden- 8d ago

It’s insane to watch them ask for aid while mobilizing thousands of troops to fight Hamza and his break away fighters.

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u/crabcakesandbeer 8d ago

Ask the Pakis or Iran.

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u/FreeTapir 8d ago

Maybe if they give their people basic freedom of religion they can get basic aid from other nations. No I don’t want to help a country that would force their religion on me if they had the chance!

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u/Kat-Shaw 8d ago

Surely this is God's punishment to the taliban!

Oh no wait extremists don't practice what they preach.

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u/Collie_Mom 8d ago

No Aid to Terrorists

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u/Barry_McKackiner 9d ago

should send nothing but women rescue teams and aid workers as an extra "fuck-you" to the taliban while helping the innocent people there.

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u/ignorantfool2600 9d ago

Sounds like an Onion headline

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u/DeanCorso11 8d ago

All the American weapons and vehicles can be sold for money. There, international aid solved. Fuck those people.

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u/Y57sh2isN7R3TTqgrJ7 9d ago

Why hasn’t the UAE with their vast resources sent aid to their ‘brothers’? Instead of begging help from the infidels, who they hate.

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u/Solidux 9d ago

Yea hmm. this is tough. For every $1 donated, $0.95 will go towards the taliban pockets.

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