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Taliban Attack Karzai’s Peace Conference

From an irony free Associated Press:

Security personnel walk with an alleged Taliban militant who was captured during a gunbattle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Militants attack as Afghan peace conference starts

By Kathy Gannon And Rahim Faiez, Associated Press Writers

June 2, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban militants launched a suicide attack on Afghanistan’s national peace conference Wednesday as President Hamid Karzai interrupted his opening remarks to reassure nervous delegates hearing the thump of rockets and rattle of gunfire outside.

No delegates were harmed but at least two attackers were killed in fighting with Afghan security forces near the giant tent erected for the three-day gathering, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to The Associated Press.

Which, you can bet, must really steam the New York Times.

The conference, known as a peace jirga, continued. Karzai hopes it will bolster him politically by endorsing his strategy of offering incentives to individual Taliban fighters and reaching out to the insurgent leadership, despite skepticism in Washington about whether the time is right for an overture to militant leaders

What “skepticism in Washington”? As we recall, such an outreach to the Taliban was Mr. Obama’s idea. In fact, he brought it up early and often in the campaign, and then once he was ensconced as President.

"My dear Taliban, you are welcome in your own soil. Do not hurt this country, and don’t destroy or kill yourselves," Karzai told the some 1,600 delegates in his opening address, which was broadcast nationally on state television.

“My dear Taliban”?! Are we at war with them or not?

But he said militants who caused the deaths of Afghans — an apparent reference to al-Qaida leaders — deserved no sympathy. "Those people who are killing innocents, punish them," Karzai said.

Karzai said years of violence and infighting had driven thousands of Afghans to join the Taliban and another major insurgent group, Hizb-i-Islami, out of fear.

That explains it. People are joining the Taliban to get away from violence.

He said continuing fighting would only prevent the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.

"Make peace with me and there will be no need for foreigners here," Karzai said.

If the Taliban end up running Afghanistan like they did back in 2001, there will be a need for foreigners there.

About 10 minutes into his speech, Karzai was briefly interrupted by an explosion outside, which police said was a rocket. Karzai heard the thud, but dismissed it, telling delegates, "Don’t worry. We’ve heard this kind of thing before."

An AP reporter nearby heard a loud explosion and saw smoke rising from a second apparent rocket that struck about 100 meters (yards) from the venue. Bursts of gunfire could be heard to the south of the tent.

Farooq Wardak, a government minister who is jirga chairman, said three militants dressed in burqas, carrying explosives and armed with guns and at least one grenade launched the attack from a building about one mile (1.5 kilometers) from the venue.

Oh, those courageous burqa-wearing warriors.

Two died in fighting and one was captured, he said. However, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said all three attackers were killed…

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid gave a slightly different account of the attack — that four suicide attackers disguised in Afghan army uniforms had opened fire in an attempt "to sabotage and destroy this peace jirga."

It’s almost as if the Taliban don’t want peace. It’s almost as if they have something else in mind.

Something we used to call ‘victory.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Taliban Attack Karzai’s Peace Conference”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    When you offer the apple of peace to the Taliban……..
    ……. they will make vinegar and pour it on your roasting bodies.

    “My dear Taliban….”
    Who didn’t call this one?

  2. Right of the People says:

    “Two died in fighting and one was captured, he said. However, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said all three attackers were killed… ”

    He is probably going to wish he had died after the Paki intel people are done “questioning” him.

    Karzai is just whistling past the graveyard on this one. I’m sure he’s wishing the Taliban would just go back to Afghanistan and leave him alone. This is what happens when you chase the rats from the building, they have to go somewhere and they find the closest building from where they left.

    I imagine he’s beginning to see making all these deals wasn’t the best idea. Being a fellow Moose Limb he should know that you can’t deal with them, you either have to kill them or give in, there is no middle ground.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    “What?! Speak up! We can’t hear you at this peace conference, due to all the explosions outside from the religion of peace.”

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