Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Craaaaazy
“They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them. This is a lunatic idea.” Uh, yeah.
“Taliban say U.S. reconciliation offer ‘lunatic,’” by Sayed Salahuddin forÂ Reuters, via JW
Lunatics to the front:
OnÂ March 24, Barack Obama nominated Harold Koh, the just-resigned dean of Yale Law School, to be legal adviser to the Department of State, a Senate-confirmed job that would have him, writes Meghan Clyne in theÂ New York Post, “forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.”
Advisors who get advice from “Muslim friends”
“Freedom”, Â “Tolerance” and Â “secular” are offensive to Muslims, according toÂ Chris Seiple, president of the Institute for Global Engagement, which calls itself a “think tank with legs” that “promotes sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide”… (you can’t make this sh*t up…/ed)
KABUL (Reuters) â€“ Taliban insurgents rejected on Wednesday a U.S. offer of “honorable reconciliation” as a “lunatic idea” and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan….U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an international conference on Afghanistan on Tuesday that those members of the Taliban who abandoned extremism must be granted an “honorable form of reconciliation.”
“This matter was also raised in the past,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, referring to comments by Obama last month who spoke of reaching out to moderate Taliban.
“They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them. This is a lunatic idea,” Mujahid said by telephone from an unknown location.
The 21,000 extra U.S. troops ordered by Obama to join the 70,000 foreign soldiers now fighting insurgents in Afghanistan showed the United States wanted the war to continue, Mujahid said, and the Taliban would keep fighting till they left.
“There is no other way. We want our freedom and respect for our independence,” Mujahid said….
Afghan women’s activists protest idea of reconciliation with “moderate” Taliban
“It was very disappointing to hear the president of Afghanistan and most of the speakers this morning not discussing the importance of women’s rights enough, when it comes to the reconciliation part of Afghanistan’s development.”
Few things expose the inherent injustice of sharia law like the issue of women’s rights. And of course, the “moderates” of Afghanistan are of no help, whether one claims to find them in the Taliban, the Karzai government, or Karzai himself, as sharia is enshrined in the Afghan constitution as the law of the land.
The fact that the deck is stacked against the advancement of women’s rights — or even the preservation of existing rights — goes well beyond the Taliban, as Karzai’s willingness to engage Taliban members according to such dismally low standards demonstrates.
An update onÂ this story.Â