The Canadian Minister of Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef, spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, August 25, about the crisis in Afghanistan. She is a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party. In reference to the Taliban, she used the words “our brothers”, an embarrassment for the government.
Maryam Monsef just referred to the Taliban as “our brothers” pic.twitter.com/KEL5UYa3HO
— 𝘽𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙪𝙢𝙚 (@BryanPassifiume) August 25, 2021
Meanwhile, Sandrine Rousseau, The Green party candidate for the 2022 French presidential election said about the hundred or so Talibans who blended in with the refugees to get into Europe, that perhaps there are Afghan terrorists, but it is not for sure:
“If there are potentially terrorist Afghans, it is better to have them in France to monitor them”.
«S’il y a des afghans potentiellement terroristes, il vaut mieux les avoir en France pour les surveiller»
Sandrine Rousseau, candidate EELV à la présidence de la République « Française ».
Ces gens sont fous. pic.twitter.com/Shvrg4Hv6p
— Pierre Gentillet (@Pierre_GTIL) August 25, 2021
- Whereas Le Monde, the French counterpart to the New York Times, explained on August 25, that “The fact of having been a member of the Taliban does not necessarily constitute a threat for France: the Taliban do not have a vocation for jihad”
Le fait d’avoir été membre des talibans ne constitue pas forcément une menace pour la France : les talibans n’ont pas vocation au djihad international https://t.co/GTa9LFUP4q
— Le Monde (@lemondefr) August 25, 2021
- And on Radio Tele Luxemburg, Geopolitical expert Oliver Roy argues that the Taliban are not jihadists, and are even “competitors” of ISIS in the region.