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US To Push For A Taliban ‘Reintegration’

From a joyous Associated Press:

Holbrooke says US to back Taliban reintegration

Gregory Katz, Associated Press Writer

January 27, 2010

LONDON – The United States said Wednesday that it will support a plan to reintegrate Taliban fighters set to be announced by Afghan President Hamid Karzai at an international conference in London.

U.S. special representative Richard Holbrooke said Karzai will outline the plan Thursday to convince low-level and midlevel Taliban fighters who don’t back al-Qaida to give up their fight against U.S. and NATO forces.

The plan will be a centerpiece of the one-day London conference designed to boost the flagging war effort in Afghanistan, where U.S. and NATO forces have been taking increasing casualties from a resurgent Taliban. The Taliban rejected the plan, saying in a statement posted to their Web site Wednesday that their fighters wouldn’t be swayed by financial incentives because they were fighting not for "money, property and position" but for Islam and an end to the foreign military presence in their country.

Holbrooke said U.S. officials believed otherwise.

"The overwhelming majority of these people are not ideological supporters of Mullah Omar (the fugitive Taliban leader) and al-Qaida," Holbrooke said. "Based on interviews with prisoners, returnees, experts, there must be at least 70 percent of these people who are not fighting for anything to do with those causes."

Perhaps not. But we are not told why they are fighting.

We suspect it is because of their deep seated Islamic rejection of Western Civilization, which no amount of money will buy off.

The U.S. and others have been trying to convince those elements to lay down their arms — and on Wednesday the United Nations removed asset freezing orders and travel bans on five former Taliban officials, something Karzai had been pressing for as part of his effort to draw them back into the fold

On Tuesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel put the total cost of the program at $500 million over five years, but Holbrooke said it was too early to put a price tag to the fund…

Holbrooke said that Taliban who back al-Qaida, or support the group’s harsh treatment of women, would not be accommodated.

He said there has been no discussion of an amnesty for Taliban fighters, saying the immediate goal is to convince them to stop fighting.

Holbrooke said the goals for the London conference go beyond the reconciliation plan and will include discussions of a province-by-province handover of security control from U.S. and NATO forces to Afghan forces. But he conceded no timetable will be announced, saying certain conditions would have to be met before the security transition could begin.

The Taliban accused the conference organizers of seeking to entrench their economic and culture presence in the region, adding that a string of previous international gatherings had failed to deliver despite the expenditure of "lots of money and time." …

Yep, it sure sounds like the Taliban want a radical Islamic state for Afghanistan.

And if we are just going to give them money and power and promise to leave them alone, why did we ever go into Afghanistan in the first place?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “US To Push For A Taliban ‘Reintegration’”

  1. proreason says:

    Holbrooke reminds me of the nutty professor who pops up on Fox News once in a while to argue in very reasonable tones that 9/11 was an inside job.

    The nutty professor has reams of statistics and tons of argumnents that he presents with a calm, authoritative and reassuring manner.

    When O’Reilly points out that 80% of Americans think that he is a fringe kook, the nutty professor simply says “no, you are the fringe kooks. Look at all of the eveidence I’ve presented. History will bear me out.”.

    There is no way to persuade kooks like Holbrooke and Obamy that they are idiots. And somehow, thier personal characteristics have floated them to positiions of astonishing influence.

    We might as well be led by the Monty Python troupe..

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Don’t look now, but the “ministry of silly walks” is in Pelosi’s “to-do” pile.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Since the end of WWII whatever it is that controls the United States from behind the curtain has not allowed our military to ‘win’ anything except Grenada.

  3. David says:

    Wow, the genius of this plan! These people are using western iniquity, greed, and materialism to fuel terrorism. To get them to stop will buy them off! While were at it why don’t we settle all our internal debates this way as well. Got a problem with pesky anti-abortion protesters? Just give them coupons for 3 free planned parenthood baby killings. Also the government should spend a few billion to ask people why they don’t want so much government spending!

    This whole plan hinges on underestimating their hate and their “faith.” There is no surer way to lose a war.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Bust out the Earthquake Machine and let’s make ’em a stimulus. Problem solved, who knew? Bush was so dumb.

  5. Right of the People says:

    Maybe instead of money if we offered them a pig they’d be more willing. I mean where are they going to spent money over there, Cave-Mart? Just saying.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    No, no, no, Holbrooke .. we said DISintegrate the Taliban.


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