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January 29, 2010
Week in Review: Negotiating with the Taliban

The idea of a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war gained new currency this week. At a conference in London, Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed to the international community to help his government reintegrate disaffected Taliban fighters.

And today a UN official said its mission chief had met with Taliban representatives earlier this month in a diplomatic overture.

In our weekly roundtable, James Rubin, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a former assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the pitfalls and possibilities of negotiating with the Taliban.

David Chater of Al Jazeera English reports on talk held in Maldives between Taliban commanders and Afghan government officials.

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11 comments

#11

We don’t have much to gain with these guys, because they are so upset with US policy toward Palestine. We don’t win wars with crazy folks with a real issue of justice like justice for Palsetine. It is time to stop wasting money and lives and come home. Maybe we could read up on the Ten Commandments, but I dont think it is very clear about living is such a was as to cause the least amount of pain and suffering to other living beings – including humans beings – even the lowly Palestinian beings!!!

#10

Why don’t we just send Richard Simmons out to play patty cake with the Taliban? Thats what they see anyway when they see the weakness of the West. What was it that Bin Laden said? He said “when people see a strong horse and a weak horse they’ll always chose the strong horse.”

It wasnt Bush’s fault that the West went from Richard the Lionheart to Richard Simmons.

#9

I for one, don’t want my taxpayer dollars going into taliban hands. I can’t even afford to buy a house in the U.S. and we’re supposed to send our tax money to bribe taliban? I don’t think so. Also, like many here said, the will just up the anti for more and more money with threats to return to their old ways, which they will never leave anyway. The US has thrown good money after bad is those countries. The US should get out and let them fight among themselves and sort it out their own way. We are only feeding the frenzie by continuously sending troups, money and supplies. It will never end.

#8

The Taliban has never kept their word, why would you as an Infidel think that they will change? They will not change. They will take the money and kill you. You seem to lack an understanding of the Taliban, being a member gives you pride and honor. As said; “dieing for ones beliefs is a honorable thing to do”. Die with a sword in hand you go to Heaven, die while watching TV and you go to Hell.

#7

Will the Taliban be able to shake off their Taliban-ways ?? Harsh treatment of women & NO rights… ? school’s for girls ? what of their
radical views ? will they change back once the MONEY -RUN’S -OUT $$$ ?? Or is this going to just give them more time to re-group in a year or two &
fight them all over again ???

#6

Diplobamacy…

You get to employ a carrot + stick approach when you are talking. When you isolate, it’s just stick. So the opposite side hardens, and 3rd parties don’t come over to your side of the matter — saw a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

#5

The Tall One will walk out with his hands high and surrender in the name of Goooooober

Peace will return to a broken nation and the false profit will be seen as nothing more than a man

#4

World focus always pick up al Jazeera and other such networks for news stories ignoring other good resources because even Daljit Kaur Dhaliwal and her people have been bought by these Islamists!! Shame on the public broadcasting (on tax payers money) for time and again echoing the stupid views of Terrorists (Pakistanis and Saudis)!!

We need real news!!
which says the truth that “99% of the terrorists operations are originated in Pakistan which are supported by Saudis”

#3

James Rubin is a known Pakistani lobbyist!! he is only interested in making more money and thus he is saying all this rubbish!!

Only way to world peace is!

Give Peace a Chance Destroy Pakistan!!!

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are the real devil who are hell bent uopn destroying the world(and I am not even a muslim but a Sikh). just check the percentage of the world terrorist operations that orignate from either of these countries!!! Open up your eyes and recognize the danger!!

#2

I know that these two “experts” are supposed to know what they are doing. But, they still believe that American muscle will be effective today. Foolish men.

#1

Sure, if all else fails, buy them off. That will surely cure the corruption problem there. Of course you will need deep pockets, because they will always come back for more.

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