Feb 01 2010

A Little Problem With Trying to Buy Off Your Enemies

Your friends may start wondering just who’s side you’re on. In Afghanistan, Karzai’s plan to bribe the Taliban into submission may just alienate everyone else in the country. I’ve noted the comments of our Ambassador to Afghanistan about this plan on the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Commmittee site:

“There’s no point developing some kind of a fund to which former insurgents are eligible if we’re not equally providing support to Afghans who are not part of the insurgency now,” he said.

“So we don’t want to create the impression that somehow if you’re a member of the insurgency that you would be uniquely be able to benefit from the fund.”

Further Reading:
* Talking to the Taliban/ANA Update

* Wrong Exit in Afghanistan

* Jack Layton the Peacemaker

A More Appropriate Way to Reach Out to the Taliban

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “A Little Problem With Trying to Buy Off Your Enemies”

  1. Berton 01 Feb 2010 at 1:23 pm

    From the title of this post, I thought you were talking about McGuinty getting the unions support when he got elected, and now having them come collecting for their support.

  2. Powell Lucason 01 Feb 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Let’s see now; the Taliban has sneered at the idea of a $2,000 per year entitlement. Suppose we raise that to $5,000 per annum. Afghanistan’s population in 2009 was pegged at 28, 150,000.
    Now considering that every person in the country will either claim to be Taliban or will rush to joint the Taliban so as to take advantage of this largesse, and every Pashtun in Pakistan will also cross the border and claim to be Taliban, that amounts to a fair chunk of change.
    Even if you discount infants (children will claim to be assisting by running errands such as carrying ammunition to the fighters) this amounts to more than the population of Canada. Rather than hand out this welfare, why doesn’t the military offer each new recruit an additional $5,000 a year for the rest of their lives. At least that way, we could maybe whittle down the population in Afghanistan to manageable numbers.

  3. wilsonon 01 Feb 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I’m REALLY against putting the Taliban on the dole. REALLY against it.

    Canada should stick with funding Harper’s vision,
    help women and children get and stay healthy.

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