Monday, January 30, 2012

Gasp! Taliban talks take a turn sideways

As if this wasn't predicted by many of us, and of course now everyone is surprised that the talks broke down.  Really?  The idiocy in ever thinking we could negotiate with Islam has permeated the White House, and this is the result.  We demand the Taliban cease-fire before we swapped prisoners, the Taliban says release the prisoners and we will cease fire.  The classic stalemate, but in this instance, the outcome will be that we blink first.  Trying to read the Taliban without understanding, and accepting that it is Islamic doctrine, the Qur'an and hadiths of Muhammad which drive them, is a futile exercise and one which will bring us nothing of value, nor bring us closer to a true solution.

The Taliban will win, not because they are better than us, or stronger, but because we are too weak in mind and spirit to put up much of a fight.

From MSNBC January 29 by Mushtaq Yusufzai

US, Taliban talks on prisoner swap falter
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Qatar almost failed as the Taliban leadership reportedly refused to accept the U.S. demand of a ceasefire before  swapping prisoners.
Sources in the Afghan Taliban said the Taliban had set up an office in Qatar hoping that it would help in a prisoners' swap, especially for their five top commanders held at the Guantanamo Bay base since 2002.
The Taliban sources said their talks with the U.S. had been going for the past few years in exchange for an American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, captured by Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Paktika province in June 2009, bordering Pakistan's South Waziristan. 
Maulvi Sangeen, a senior commander of the powerful Haqqani terror network, had initially claimed responsibility for kidnapping the U.S. soldier.
The Taliban sources said U.S. officials had earlier promised them they would exchange prisoners and later start peace talks.
However, according to the sources, the U.S. demanded that the Taliban announce a ceasefire in Afghanistan before any prisoner swap, which they said their central leadership had turned down.
"Our stance is the same. We will announce a ceasefire when the foreign forces start their withdrawal from Afghanistan," a Taliban source said.
The Afghan Taliban leadership is also worried about the reaction from their field commanders and fighters if a ceasefire were announced without getting anything to show in exchange.
Some members of the 140-strong Taliban delegation that went to Qatar had started leaving after no breakthrough was seen in talks with the U.S.

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