Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Taliban Explain Realpolitik

No nuance here:

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.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

Yes, we're led by the D.I.C.(k), the Disaster in Chief, and they know it. Lucky us.

CousinDan 54915 said...

Obama also rejects Western political thought.

Gino said...

the victory always goes to the one who will to fight lasts the longest.

Anonymous said...

No one has ever held Afghanistan. Can anyone ever seriously see us being able to leave. The Taliban are bent on taking over Pakistan, and Pakistan has nukes. Leaving the current regime turns a blind eye towards the Opium trade. This is a bad situation.

Obama used Afghanistan as a way to "act" tough against terror while he used Irag as a way to pacify his peacenik supportors. For many reasons he picked the wrong theater. Another in a growing list of issues in which he finds himself in over his head. Maybe Biden will swear a few more times to scare them. Whoooo....