posted on May, 7 2012 @ 03:36 PM
The mantra of “we [any said state] do not negotiate with terrorists” is massively misunderstood by the public at large, negotiation is the only
path to peace.
This tactic of releasing individual terrorists to bring the larger group to the negotiating table has been used before. When negotiating with
terrorist’s prisoner release is commonly a big demand that can be met by the state, just look at the Good Friday agreement. The public would see a
headline like this and immediately be horrified, that’s why its kept secret, however it can be effective.
One example of where this tactic may have had some positive results in the fight against the Taliban is the release of the former senior Taliban
member Abdul Salam Zaeef who was released form Guantanamo Bay in 2005 and has since brokered negotiations between he Afghan government and the
Taliban. Granted there is no evidence to suggest that he was released under this secret deal however I suspect he may have been based on my knowledge
of the Taliban.