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Friday, 8 October 2010

Afghanistan: Contacts with the Taliban

Taliban officials have engaged in periodic, discreet contacts with Afghan and U.S. officials for months but are unwilling to move to formal peace negotiations until the U.S. agrees to a timetable for the withdrawal of all foreign troops, according to a Pakistani intelligence official and members of a newly formed Afghan peace council.

The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama supports attempts by the Afghan government to open peace talks with Taliban leaders, but still wants the insurgents to renounce violence and their support of al-Qaida.

However, press secretary Robert Gibbs said the United States was not taking part in any such talks. "This is about Afghanistan," he said. "It has to be done by the Afghans."

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that secret talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan have begun between representatives of the Taliban and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The Post quoted Afghan and Arab sources as saying they believe for the first time that Taliban representatives are fully authorized to speak for the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban command council based in Pakistan, and its leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Do you see where the Quetta Shura is based? That's right. Pakistan, where Jihadist camps are "flourishing":

So, it's not clear that the talks with Taliban are going to be succesful but what it's really clear is that, speaking with them the war loses absolutely all its basis. If Western countries are prepared to engage in talks with the same people who are plotting since before the NATO operation against Western targets and without any real change for normal Afghans, the question is why now? Oh, sorry, the Obamamessiah doesn't see this war in terms of winning or losing. Well, there are a lot of good soldiers who have lost their lives there. So, you see, it's always something we should measure in terms of winning or losing, because if no goals are met and yet people have been killed in action, why were they killed?

By the way, it's not that Pakistan is not collaborating with the US, it's that it's actively supporting the Talibans. No one can understand that if a journalist has filmed those guys, Pakistani army hasn't found them.

Anyway, there are people who support this move and others who don't. This is a very interesting video, sent to me by Jennifer, a reader.

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