They’re not bribes, see, because they don’t call them bribes. Dhimmitude from NATO: “NATO Chief: No Plan to ‘Bribe’ Taliban,” fromÂ AP, February 4 (thanks to Jihad Watch):
ISTANBUL (AP) — NATO does not intend to bribe Taliban guerrillas to defect to the Afghan government side as a way to end the war, alliance Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday, dismissing concerns over the latest plan to end the country’s growing insurgency….On Wednesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Saudi Arabia, hoping the kingdom would help persuade Taliban militants to take part in a negotiated settlement to the war. Saudi Arabia has a unique relationship with the Taliban since it was one of the few countries to recognize its regime in Afghanistan before it was ousted in 2001.
Yeah, that’s gonna work. Anyway, here are the Bribes-By-Another-Name:
In a post on the alliance’s Web site ahead of a two-day meeting of NATO defense ministers in Istanbul to open Thursday evening, Fogh Rasmussen saidÂ a new $140 million trust fund would offer insurgents an alternative to remaining with the Taliban.
But no, these aren’t bribes! Fogh Rasmussen explains why not:
”Much attention is on the new reconciliation and reintegration effort initiated by the Afghan government. Questions were raised if we are bribing the Taliban just to get peace,” he said. ”I understand why this is a sensitive issue for many.”He said many rank-and-file insurgents were not fighting against the government and international troops for religious and ideological reasons.
”They fight for the Taliban for small amounts of money to simply make a living or for other grievances,” he said. ”What is on offer to them is the chance of a new life.”…
Oh, well, then, they’re not bribes!
Critics have noted that plans to persuade the Taliban to switch sides have existed for years, but these have generally been ineffective, attracting only the lowest-level fighters with no guarantees they wouldn’t return to the insurgency.And despite those incentives, the insurgency has expanded steadily. In 2004, NATO estimated that fewer than 400 Taliban were left in Afghanistan. By last year, that figure had grown to about 25,000, with the latest estimates in early 2010 raising that number to nearly 30,000….
BBCNEWS… In Pakistan an account of life with the Taliban has emerged from a 13-year-old girl called Meena, who says her own family tried to turn her into a suicide bomber. There is no independent confirmation of her account but police say they believe she is telling the truth, and her information could be valuable. Meena told her story to our Pakistan correspondent Orla Guerin.
My brother used to tell me that the place for a woman is either at home or in the grave. I was always restricted to home.
He said: “If you leave the house I’ll cut off your head and put it on your chest.” Read it all from Vlad Tepes