With the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, we’ve been treated to coverage by the Western media that is just one step shy of fawning. While the Taliban seems to be trying to take a conciliatory line towards Westerners still in the country, and has publicly stated that they want to allow all Western citizens still in the country to leave peacefully, they have nevertheless surrounded the Kabul airport, thus preventing anyone from getting to the evacuation planes. Despite that, the press coverage from Western media has been almost adulatory regarding the Taliban.
Social media isn’t much different, and the irony is that the Taliban is allowed on Twitter while President Trump isn’t. That right there tells you everything that’s wrong about modern American society in a nutshell.
Supposedly President Trump remains banned because he violated some nebulous concept of Twitter’s terms of service (mean tweets!) but the Taliban, that encourages violence and actually engaged in violence to overthrow a government, is allowed to stay. Don’t be surprised to see criticism of President Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis getting banned on social media too.
After all, social media companies don’t actually want to encourage conversation, they want to ban the wrong kinds of conversations. And anything that doesn’t toe the party line, or that tries to open the eyes of the ignorant to the reality of the world around them is something social media companies want to forbid.
The disparity of treatment between Trump and the Taliban is just one more example of how the US establishment is rotten to its core. The same people who thought they could remake Afghanistan into a Western-style democracy are the ones who think they can expel conservatives from participating in society and expect no backlash. Just as the left got a very rude awakening in Afghanistan, so too will they receive a rude awakening in this country if they continue in their misguided ways.