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Thursday, February 16, 2012

US Negotiating with Taliban - To what end?

Joe:  will the US make a (secret or open) Peace Treaty with the Taliban? I'm sure you remember when Sadam was our friend and then he wasn't? How about Mubark in Egypt, friend and then – there’s the door. Same with Marcos in the Philippines, so where are we?

Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood - Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood backs military in dispute with US over pro-democracy groups.

And what if the Syrian and Iranian regimes were toppled? What would we get? Democracy or more of the same?
Iran – another fundamentalist regime?

It seems US negotiating with the Taliban has this logic; Sadam Bad, Sadam Good, Sadam Bad. Where does democracy fit into the picture after all the money and all the lives lost?

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say there has been no secret three-way discussion with the U.S. and Afghan governments, countering the Afghan president's claim that such talks have taken place. Afghan President Hamid Karzai told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday that a three-way session was held in the past month, but gave no details. An Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive talks, also said the session had taken place. But in a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid strongly rejected Karzai's comments and said, "the Taliban did not talk with the Kabul government anywhere."

Jayshree Bajoria, Deputy Editor
Pakistan's support and safe havens for the Taliban have stymied international efforts to end the insurgency in Afghanistan; the United States is set to withdraw its combat forces from the country by 2014. Since 2010, both U.S. and Afghan officials have been pursuing talks with members of the group for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan. 

The Taliban first appeared on the political scene of Afghanistan in September, 1994 in the southern Province of Kandhar, and have since taken about 90% of Afghanistan. Never has any group been more controversial then the Taliban of Afghanistan. Patrolling the streets in the pickup trucks, the Taliban members, under the General Department for the Preservation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Amr-bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar), search houses and destroy any television sets, radios, cassettes, and photographs. The bands of Taliban thugs roam the streets beating those they deem to be violators of the  Shariah (Islamic code of Law) [2].  The Taliban's harsh fundamentalist rule has dismantled all civil institutions, and closed all women Institutions. Their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, cloaks himself in secrecy, refusing to grant interviews or allow his photo to be taken.

" The policy of the Taliban is to exterminate the Hazaras",  Maulawi Mohammed Hanif, Taliban Commander. Announcing their policy to a crowd of 300  people summoned to a mosque [after killing  15,000 Hazaras people in a day] " Hazaras are not Muslim. You can kill them. It is not a sin."

" We do not need women to work. What positive roles can they play in the society? What is the impact of their roles? We do not need women. They should stay in their houses", Mullah Manon Niazi, Taliban leader and appointed, Governor of Mazar-e Sharif.

"Some people believe in these statues and pray to them, If people say these are not our beliefs but only part of the history of Afghanistan, then all we are breaking are stones.", Mullah Muhammad Omar, Taliban Supreme Leader

"The use of opium is wrong, but the selling is not wrong according to Islamic law" Mullah Omar - the Taliban Supreme Leader, [In reality, Islam forbids both the use of and selling of any type of illegal drugs, including opium].

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