As if things couldn’t get any more ridiculous in Ukraine, we’ve now got the Taliban regime in Afghanistan seemingly losing their collective sense of self-awareness – by calling for a peaceful solution to a violent conflict.
Wait, what? Taliban call for peaceful solution in Ukraine
A statement issued by the extreme religious zealots expressed concern over the possibility of civilian casualties – however, their fighters didn’t show the same regard for human life last year, when Taliban forces brutally regained control of Afghanistan via a bloody and terror-fuelled coup.
Just months after overthrowing their own democracy, the Taliban is now trying its hand at foreign diplomacy. Modelling itself as a ‘Middle Eastern Switzerland’, Afghan leaders have identified themselves as ‘neutrals’ in this conflict:
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and expresses its concern over the real possibility of civilian casualties. We call for restraint by both parties, and all sides need to desist from taking positions that may intensify violence.”
“Afghanistan, in line with its foreign policy of neutrality, calls on both sides of the conflict to resolve the conflict through dialogue and peaceful means. We also call on all parties to safeguard the lives of Afghans in Ukraine.”
Honour amongst warmongers?
Russian airstrikes have devastated the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv overnight, as the Putin-led aggression continues in earnest. South Africans are amongst the thousands of residents trying to flee areas being overwhelmed by the foreign military presence – and the invasion has managed to even turn Taliban stomachs…
You can read the full statement from the Taliban here – which has to be seen to be believed:
Just in: Taliban issues statement on Ukraine crisis; Calls for “restraint by both parties” & “all sides need to desist from taking positions that could intensify violence”. Emphasises on “Dialogue”. pic.twitter.com/qHzmpeqyy4
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