* Could it be that Bush did something right…?
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America’s war on terror takes a… strange turn, as the newÂ
administration insists that killing or maiming terrorists inÂ
residential air strikes is entirelyÂ acceptable, while water-
boarding them for two minutes isÂ completely “inhumane.“
Appeasement makes things so much easier, doesn’t it, Mr. West?Â “Gaza has ‘set back’ anti-terror fight: minister,” fromÂ AFP,Â
WASHINGTON (AFP) â€“ TheÂ TalibanÂ called onÂ President Barack ObamaÂ to close all “evil” USÂ detention centersÂ for militants, “completely withdraw” fromÂ IraqÂ andAfghanistanÂ and “stop defendingÂ Israel,” in a message released Tuesday.
* The Taliban are not alone: Iran’s Ahmadine-nutjob also called on Obama to surrender:Â Â Thug-In-Chief: Obama “must apologise to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran”
The message, a copy of which was obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group, called on Obama to take these steps to reverse the “satanic policies” of his predecessor,Â George W. Bush.
“Obama’s move to closeÂ GuantanamoÂ detention center is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world,” said the message, which was posted on online jihadist forums.
“IfÂ Barack ObamaÂ sincerely wants real stability and peace in the world, he should not only close Guantanamo. Rather, he should void all those evil projects established in the light of Bush’s satanic perspective of instability in the world.”
Obama signedÂ executive ordersÂ in his first week in office to ban torture, shut secret overseas CIA detention centers and close the USÂ military prisonÂ atGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some 245 detainees are still held.
TheÂ Guantanamo prison campÂ was established in 2002 as a means to hold detainees beyond the reach of US courts. The US also holds approximately 600 detainees at the US airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan, the fate of which Obama has not yet decreed.
Monday, Obama gave his first formal interview as president, in which he told theÂ Muslim worldÂ that “Americans are not your enemy.”
“We are going to follow through on many of my commitments to do a more effective job of reaching out, listening as well as speaking to the Muslim world,” he said in the interview with Al-Arabiya, a pan-Arab and Saudi-owned satellite television network.
“If Obama is right and, according to his words, wants to open a new page based on peaceful interaction built on mutual respect with the Islamic world, the first thing he has to do is to stop and annul all these (Middle East policy) procedures, which were created according to Bush’s criminal policy,” theÂ TalibanÂ message said.
“He must completely withdraw all his forces from the two occupied Islamic countries (AfghanistanÂ and Iraq), and to stop defendingÂ IsraelÂ against Islamic interest in theÂ Middle EastÂ and the entire world.”
Living up to a key campaign promise, Obama has directed military planners to start formulating a proposal to get most US combat troops out ofÂ IraqÂ within 16 months.
He has also pledged to boost US forces in Afghanistan, amid deteriorating security.Â The PentagonÂ has promised to deploy up to 30,000 additional forces to Afghanistan to combat the insurgency led by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, nearly doubling the 36,000-strong US force there.
Obama argued last week that theÂ war in Afghanistan, which he called “the central front in our enduringÂ struggle against terrorismÂ and extremism,” could not be separated from the volatile border area withÂ Pakistan, where Al-Qaeda and Taliban elements have regrouped.
Obama has promised to be more actively engaged inÂ Middle East diplomacyÂ than Bush. He told Al-Arabiya that he did not want expectations raised too high for a quick breakthrough onÂ Middle East peaceÂ in the aftermath of theÂ Gaza war.
“I do believe that the moment is ripe for both sides to realize that the path that they are on is one that is not going to result in prosperity and security for their people,” Obama said. “Instead, it’s time to return to the negotiating table.”
He also reaffirmed that “Israel is a strong ally of the United States. They will not stop being a strong ally of the United States. And I will continue to believe that Israel’s security is paramount.”
The Taliban issued a stern warning to Obama should he not heed their advice.
“It is imperative that Obama, before he gets hit with the same fate as the Communist empire, must find potential ways to carry a message of peace and stability to the world,” the message said. TheÂ Soviet UnionÂ left Afghanistan in defeat in 1989 after a war that lasted more than nine years.
“Through this, he can also protect his people and his administration from the danger of elimination and decline.”
In the Al-Arabiya interview, Obama agreed that the highly personal tone of recent Al-Qaeda messages seemed “nervous.”
“What that tells me is that their ideas are bankrupt,” he told the Dubai-based network.