During the last week, we’ve been writing about attempts by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Afghan president and other leaders in London to buy off the Taliban with asylum, bribes and political positions. It may work in the United States, but Taliban leadership is not falling for it.
As written last week and yesterday, the conference in London is tossing up trial-balloons in record numbers to see if they can get any sort of agreement with “moderate” Taliban. Maybe they will finally realize there is nothing “moderate” about the Taliban.
On Thursday London hosted an international conference on Afghanistan, bringing Afghan President Hamid Karzai together with world leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The delegates at the conference announced a plan to bring low- and mid-level Taliban into the international effort to rebuild Afghanistan.
They don’t seem to be interested in a high-speed rail project, interstate highway system, electricity or universal health care for that matter…
The Taliban discounted the effort, saying it was a trick by the international community, Pakistani newspaper The News International reports.
“They think the mujahedin will be enticed by money or by positions of power,” a Taliban statement read. “Such thoughts are baseless and futile and have no truth.”
They don’t want our cash or positions in government. They want to convert everyone to their radicalized version of Islam, and if not, cut our heads off.