The Taliban in Afghanistan have declared there is no question of them entering into negotiations with Nato forces.
The news came in a defiant statement, which added that they believe they are winning the war.
The statement, released to the BBC’s John Simpson, said: ‘We do not want to talk to anyone - not to [President Hamid] Karzai, nor to any foreigners - till the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
So why would that be?
‘We are certain that we are winning. Why should we talk if we have the upper hand, and the foreign troops are considering withdrawal, and there are differences in the ranks of our enemies?’
For a bunch of unreasonable barbarians who fundamentally reject Western political thought, and who would like to drag the world back a millennium or two, they seem to have adopted a reasonably sensible position. At a minimum, it's a more sensible position than giving your enemy advance notice of your intent to retreat.