October 08, 2007

Taliban Fighters Growing Tired of War

A lot of people forget that no matter how challenging it is for those fighting for freedom, for al-Qaeda and their Taliban allies it's worse, much worse. They watch all their fellows die. They must fight forever with no leave and little resources, often even without proper boots. Those who call George Bush a failure must compare to what al-Qaeda and the Taliban promised at the beginning. They have accomplished none of their goals. They are failing utterly.

Via CNN: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Hamid Karzai's office said Sunday that there is "serious debate" among some Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the militants said they will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities until foreign troops leave....

... But Karzai's spokesman said the government has information of a "serious debate" in some groups of Taliban about how long militants want to continue fighting. The U.N. and NATO have also said they see similar indications.

"They want to live in peace and have a comfortable life with their families," Hamidzada said. "There is serious debate within their ranks, but this is a process that takes time."

Karzai traveled to the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, and Hamidzada said that the U.N. secretary-general and the foreign ministers of many countries, "everyone with one voice said we need a comprehensive strategy in dealing with the Taliban -- both military and diplomatic components."

He said Karzai and President Bush also spoke generally about the Taliban reconciliation process and said Bush also supports such initiatives. It was not clear if that would include broader Taliban peace talks beyond the individual reconciliation process that has seen more than 4,500 fighters lay down their arms the last two years.

As al-Qaeda and the Taliban prepares for their last chance offensive against Pakistan from their last safe haven, It appears that their leaders may end up fighting and dying alone.

Bonus: The Taliban spokesman making commitments for other people to die for them is out buddy Qari Yousuf Ahmadi. Drop him a line or give him a call. I'm sure he would just love to hear from us.

email Qari Yousuf Ahmadi: qarimohammadyousaf@yahoo.com
call Qari Yousuf Ahmadi: (011 from US, then) 8821621515539

By Howie at 05:19 PM | Comments |