It’s time to negotiate with the Taliban says Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. Canada is one of our top Afghanistan allies and almost two-thirds of Canadians in a May poll think we should parlay with the Taliban. Recently Kurt Beck, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, which shares power in Germany’s coalition government, called for talks with “moderate Taliban.” Now, in apparent reaction to a perceived high number of civilian deaths caused by the Taliban strategy of hiding among them, the Afghan senate has called for a ceasefire and talks followed by withdrawal of NATO forces.
All of which shows utter ignorance of Taliban beliefs and history.
“Moderate Taliban” is an oxymoron, like referring to a lighter shade of black. The Taliban are defined by their extremism. Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta, responding to Beck, said “I do not think there is a moderate and ‘non-moderate’ Taliban. This distinction was invented by somebody who knows nothing about Afghanistan.”
Agreeing was none other than Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the former Taliban regime ambassador to Islamabad now under house arrest in Kabul. “There is no separation between Taliban as moderate, hardliner or others,” he says.
Then how about simply negotiating with the Taliban period?
To know anything about how this small subset of one ethnic group (the Pashtun) that itself comprises a minority Afghanis conquered over 90 percent of the entire country is to know the Taliban didn’t do it with military acumen. Most Taliban training is religious.
Michael Fumento is a, journalist, and attorney specializing in science and health issues as well as author of BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World .
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