Jan 18 2010

Retreat at Any Price?

Death. Destruction. Terror.

That is the Taliban’s response to the West’s latest idea for getting out of Afghanistan: a trust fund for terrorists.

A second Taliban representative, also reached by phone, said the attack was intended to answer American and Afghan proposals to “reconcile” with and “reintegrate” Taliban fighters into mainstream society. The plan is a central part of the American-backed campaign to turn the tide of the war, and will be showcased later this month at an international conference in London.

“We are ready to fight, and we have the strength to fight, and nobody from the Taliban side is ready to make any kind of deal,” Mr. Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said. “The world community and the international forces are trying to buy the Taliban, and that is why we are showing that we are not for sale.”

Is anyone really all that surprised? The Taliban don’t need money. They just want power. In any case, it kind of takes the decision out of our hands, doesn’t it?

As Terry Glavin points out, this would be an awfully good time for Canada to take a stand; hopefully something more robust than that “if there is even one Canadian soldier reporting for duty in Afghanistan after 2011, he must be assigned to guard an embassy, and he must be odd.”

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3 Responses to “Retreat at Any Price?”

  1. Powell Lucason 18 Jan 2010 at 7:32 pm

    In the face of such intransigence on the part of the Taliban, I would wholeheartedly support a U.S. warning that should there be attacks on North America from Afghanistan following the withdrawal of troops and, should the Taliban offer sanctuary to such attackers, that the U.S. will nuke Afghanistan into a pool of molten slag.

  2. jnarveyon 19 Jan 2010 at 1:19 am

    Powell, you’re an idiot.

    Sadly, you’re not the only one.

    I’ve already dealt with so many of these stupid “nuke Afghanistan to beat the Taliban” comments that I feel compelled to point out the obvious:

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past eight years, you should be aware that the Taliban haven’t been in a position to offer sanctuary to anyone ever since the US-backed Northern Alliance drove into Kabul.

    Afghanistan is not the enemy. The overwhelming majority of the people of Afghanistan are our friends and allies. The Taliban — hiding in caves and huts along border villages — will not be beaten with nukes, any more than you would solve a roach problem in your apartment by lighting a blaze in your living room.

    The solution lies in a traditional counter-insurgency strategy incorporating aid to the civil power and support for ordinary Afghans. It takes time. That’s the plan, and that’s what’s going to do the job.

  3. MariaSon 19 Jan 2010 at 1:40 pm

    1) The Taliban are not interested in money from the West. They get truckloads of it from Saudi Arabia and other middle east countries sympathic to their cause and they do it covertly while pretending to be friends with the West.

    2) The more schools built in Afghan and the more we educate their young, the more chances the Afghans have of quashing the hated Taliban. They have to do it themselves but we (NATO) need to assist the Afghans to find their inner strength. Most Afghans are simple rural people and without weaponry they are sitting ducks when the Taliban comes calling.

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