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Why bother with the Taylor Force Act?

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One of the issues in the 2020 US presidential campaign was an alleged program by Russian military intelligence to pay bounties to Taliban guerrillas for killing American and other NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. Media outlets claimed that the US intelligence community had brought this allegation to the attention of certain Trump administration officials with “low to moderate confidence.” Russian spokespersons repeatedly denied that such a program ever existed.

Then-candidate Joe Biden criticized Trump for “fail[ing] to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law.” So did Congressional Democrats and even some Republicans.

Contrast that with the situation in the Middle East. There is “100% confidence” that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has long rewarded terrorists for killing not just Israeli soldiers but also civilian men, women, and children. Not with a one-time bounty, but with a monthly stipend and other benefits for as long as the terrorist is in prison or indefinitely to the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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