Moderate Taliban’ is like ‘moderate killer.’ Where do you find such a thing?
Hillary backs reconciliation talks with Taliban “if they are willing to abandon violence”
So apparently, if they are willing to abandon violence and pursue their goal of implementing Islamic law by other means, that is just fine with her. Here is yet another demonstration of the danger of misdiagnosis of the global jihad threat: the problem is not the means the Taliban use, the problem is their goal. The Taliban are not bad because they are violent — after all, so are the forces that oppose them. However, as far as the President and the Secretary of State are concerned, that is the only problem with them. If they try to accomplish their goals at the ballot box rather than with guns and bombs, Obama and Clinton would welcome them as partners. The fact that the Taliban want to impose a law upon Afghanistan that would subjugate women and non-Muslims as inferiors, denied equality of rights with Muslim men, and extinguish freedom of speech and freedom of conscience, means nothing to them.
And why should it? Karzai’s Afghanistan is already a Sharia state, according to the Afghan Constitution.
President Hamid Karzai has signed a law the UN says legalises rape in marriage and prevents women from leaving the house without permission.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday backed Afghanistan’s plans to hold reconciliation talks with members of the Taliban or past Al-Qaeda supporters who reject violence.”We must … support efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban from those who joined their ranks not out of conviction, but out of desperation,” she said.
“They should be offered an honourable form of reconciliation and reintegration into a peaceful society, if they are willing to abandon violence, break with Al-Qaeda, and support the constitution.”…
Why not? The Afghan Constitution declares that Sharia is the highest law of the land.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have other ideas. Ideas that will amaze everyone:
Taliban promises attack on Washington that will “amaze” the world
Mehsud: Not the “moderate Taliban”
I’m guessing that Mehsud is not one of the vaunted “moderate Taliban” with whom Obama wants to chat. In any case,Â he has issued such threats before.
“Taliban promises attack on Washington that will ‘amaze’ the world after Pakistan police massacre,” from theÂ Daily Mail, March 31 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The top Taliban commander in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police academy that left 18 dead after an eight-hour bloodbath.And Baitullah Mehsud also promised an assault on Washington ‘soon’ – one he said will ‘amaze’ the world.
At least 18 people were dead last night after militants stormed the police academy in Pakistan.
The attackers, some wearing police uniforms, hurled grenades and seized dozens of hostages.
More than 100 people were wounded as military helicopters moved in to end the carnage.
Two gunmen blew themselves up as soldiers closed in but six were captured and were being interrogated.
Pakistani members of the Taliban were being blamed last night – and Mehsud accepted that responsibility in a phone call to reporters today.
The U.S. recently announced a $5 million bounty on Mehsud’s head.
Asked about it, he said he would be happy to ’embrace martrydom’….
Words Muslims don’t like
Not making this up: “10 terms not to use with Muslims.” On the list:
Newsflash: Afghan unrest kills mayor, 30 militants
KABUL (AFP) â€” The mayor of an Afghan city was killed in a bomb attack and 30 Taliban-linked militants died in a police operation, among separate incidents of violence reported in Afghanistan Tuesday.