Jan 18 2010
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.”