Sheep to the slaughter
Qur’an (9:29)Â -Â “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Â (source)
Why are U.S. soldiers being put to work delivering sheep for slaughter during Ramadan?
Obviously to win Muslim hearts and minds. But will it work? Is there any evidence of any kind that any of these gestures of good will have ever been reciprocated, or ever mitigated the ferocity of the jihad against us?
The Italians paid protection money Â to the Taliban so they wouldn’t attack them
ROME: Diplomatic cables showed the United States confronted Italy about claims it paid Taliban not to attack its troops in Afghanistan, noting it suffered fewer casualties than other forces, media reported Friday. (The Italians Â deny it, of course…)
Â£70m of British aid ‘paid to the Taliban’: Cash wasted on bribes and protection money, say campaigners
Â The hard-hitting report found that despite billions being poured intoÂ Afghanistan in aid, the country shows no signs of becoming ‘politically stable or economically viable’.
Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money could be ending up in the pockets of Taliban insurgents and corrupt Afghan officials, a damning report has revealed.
The International Crisis Group warned that up to 10 per cent of overseas aid was being paid in bribes and protection money to the Taliban and officials in Kabul.
Over the next four years, the Prime Minister has pledged to give Â£710million to Afghanistan alone. That could mean up to Â£70million of British money going to the very people we are fighting.
The Department for International Development spent Â£102million on aidÂ to Afghanistan in the last financial year, but this will rise to Â£178million this year. Of these totals, 16 per cent goes to Helmand province, where British troops operate.
The hard-hitting report found that despite billions being poured intoÂ Afghanistan in aid, the country shows no signs of becoming ‘politically stable or economically viable’.
It also warned that there was ‘no possibility’ of the country becoming secure within the next three years, despite the efforts of Britain and other Nato countries.
The report will fuel criticism by some Tory MPs over David Cameron’s promise to increase UK spending on aid to 0.7 per cent of GDP at a time when other Whitehall departments are being hit with swingeing cuts.
A total of Â£35billion has been given to Afghanistan by the international community since 2001.
The report by the ICG, which campaigns to prevent global conflicts, said: ‘After a decade of major security, development and humanitarian assistance, the international community has failed to achieve a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan.
‘Despite billions of dollars in aid, state institutions remain fragile and unable to provide good governance, deliver basic services to the majority of the population or guarantee human safety.’
It went on to warn that aid delivery was being ‘undermined by corruption in Kabul and bribes paid to insurgent groups to ensure security for development projects’.
Contractors working on vital projects â€“ such as building roads, hospitals and schools â€“ have reported paying up to 10 per cent of the cost to the Taliban, otherwise they are prevented from finishing their work or ‘at worst’ had their projects and staff attacked.Â
The ICG said: ‘Consequently,Â taxpayers’ money fuels corruption networks.’
Previous reports have been highly critical of the West’s aid efforts, warning that Afghanistan is receiving more than it can spend.Â
Meanwhile, as many as half of the country’s infrastructure projects have been estimated to end in failure. Mr Cameron’s controversial decision to increase spending on international aid dates back to his early attempts to modernise the party, but Conservative MPs are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox is among those who have challenged the rise in a letter to Mr Cameron which was recently leaked to the media.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘It is unjustifiable and unacceptable.Â
‘It is bad enough that we are giving so much money away in overseas aid. But it is a further kick in the teeth to taxpayers whenÂ they see it wasted and frittered away on corruption.
‘People cannot understand why, if we cannot afford to do things domestically, we can afford to spend millions of pounds on corruption and bribes to insurgents in Afghanistan and other countries.Â
‘It is unjustifiable.’
International aid is one of only a handful of areas, including health spending in England, being ring-fenced from spending cuts over the next four years. Most other departments are seeing their budgets slashed.
Many countries, including the United Kingdom, have tried to bypass the Afghan government to deliver aid directly.
A spokesman for the Department of International Development insisted that the ICG’s report made no direct criticism of Britain’s aid effort to Afghanistan.
He said: ‘This is not about British aid. This report makes no claims whatsoever that British aid funding is being paid as Taliban protection. We have strict safeguardsÂ in place to monitor exactly where our funding is going and protect against misuse.
‘British aid to Afghanistan builds roads, builds government capacity and gets young people into jobs as part of the British commitment to protect our own national security by helping Afghans take control of theirs.’
Tory MP Mark Pritchard defended the Government’s spending on aid. He said: ‘The Coalition has put in place new and robust measures to improve the accountability and transparency of international aid both in Afghanistan and different parts of the world.
‘But clearly there is much more that needs to be done to reduce mismanagement and corruption.’