Heartache: Taliban Going Bankrupt as Wealthy Saudi Donors Send all their Cash to Syria
Call it an unforeseen positive externality from the mess that Syria has become:
The Arabs’ departure is a crippling blow. Support from private Saudi donors has been crucial to Afghanistan’s insurgents ever since the war against the Soviets in the 1980s—many years before the rise of Mullah Mohammed Omar and his armed followers. But interest in Afghanistan has faded among hard-liners in the Gulf region. Osama bin Laden is dead; most of Al Qaeda’s surviving operatives have fled the constant threat of U.S. drone attacks, and the Taliban never really shared bin Laden’s desire to take his holy war worldwide. Now global jihad and its Arab backers have moved on to more promising arenas, like Iraq and Syria.... n the tea shop, Yaseen lingers in the cold air. Anything is better than going outside, where the weather is downright bitter. “We waited, but we never heard from the men in Quetta,” he says. “We were ashamed to face our creditors. It was ridiculous. While we went out hunting for Americans to fight, we were hiding from our neighbors.”That's some funny stuff right there. Thanks to Hot Air
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Now, the NEXT step is to get the "Open Fuel Standard Act" passed in the US.
ALL Western countries should adopt the flexible-fuel approach too.
The ability of vehicles to use multiple fuels would mean *fuel security* and also *real* competition in the fuel industry, driving down prices. *That* would mean that the *Saudis* would eventually be crippled.
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