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Originally posted by yeti101
reply to post by ZeroUnlmtd
um you know NATO have been talking to taliban already at least in certain areas of Afghanistan. But Taliban have so far refused to open "official top level talks" despite NATO asking them to for about 4 years.
Their attitude was always. " The Americans have the watches but we have the time" In other words they know sooner or later foreigners will be desperate to withdraw from Afghanistan. They weren't bothered about having serious talks, they can wait until everyone leaves.
The question is what have NATO promised them for actually opening this office and beginning dialogue publicly. My guess is
1. immunity from any sort of punishment for taliban leaders & fighters.
2. The ability for taliban leaders to participate in afghan elections.
That would suit the Taliban as they are Pashtun which also happens to be the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan (40%+). Give it a few years Taliban will be back in government even if its a coalition
edit on 3-1-2012 by yeti101 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Tesclo
There comes a point when peace is more important than pride. If there is any chance of peace that could come of this, I say we sit down and try to reach that peace. Enough people have died throughout these 10 years. Enough blood has been shed. Enough of our freedom has been stripped from us here on American soil.
I am curious though, didnt Joe Biden recently say that the Taliban isnt our enemy? We've never been at war with East Asia it seems.