Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Do we not question why?

In response to the Administration's [and the Bush Administration's] rhetoric concerning the 'war on terror'......where is the rationale for a Taliban regime to again harbor Al Qaeda? In the Islamic culture, it is unseemly to turn away a guest, but if that guest has brought shame to your house, it is then appropriate to turn him away. Al Qaeda and Taliban share little in common strategically, but they are intelligent enough to realize that they would quickly lose power once again by hosting the terror group. Add to this the feelings of betrayal and mistrust between Afghan and the 'foreign arabs', as I've quoted and linked to in the past.

This argument is quite often bandied about, but universally never supported by evidence.

Most telling is an exchange between former counter-terrorism analyst turned academic Leah Farrall and Islamic militant Abu Walid al-Masri. al-Masri, in Farrall's words is a legendary figure in mujaheddin circles.

A 30-year veteran of jihad, he was known during the Soviet-Afghan war for his prowess as a military strategist. Years later, he became the first foreigner to swear allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

He counts among his old friends Osama bin Laden and the senior leadership of al-Qa'ida, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as well as Taliban-linked military commander Jalaluddin Haqqani.

But speaking specifically to the Taliban - Al Qaeda relationship, Farrall states:

In his most recent letter to me, where he responded to an article I wrote for The Australian on al-Qa'ida's Afghanistan strategy, he dropped the loudest bomb of all. He tells me the Taliban will no longer welcome al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan. Their return would make matters more complicated for the Taliban because "the majority of the population is against al-Qa'ida".

According to Abu Walid, the differences between al-Qa'ida and the Taliban are greater now than they were before the war. Not only is al-Qa'ida unwelcome in Afghanistan but so are other salafist groups who previously operated in the country.

He believes that disassociation is required. He tells me "if the link between the Taliban and al-Qa'ida is not broken the results will be bad for the Taliban and Afghanistan". And he thinks that the Taliban should also move away from the salafist movement so it can be liberated "from all of the restrictions that hinder its political options".

Last week, US special envoy Richard Holbrooke reiterated that the US would be willing to negotiate with the Taliban if it renounces al-Qa'ida. The Taliban is unlikely to renounce al-Qa'ida, but Abu Walid's letter indicates that it may disassociate.

The Australian

If only US media would actually report substantive news rather than debunked tripe about ACORN or Tiger's adultery, etc....

Again, a withdrawal would of course provide short term propaganda to Al Qaeda, but hollow rhetoric. A truly fervent jihadi will be drawn to the cause no matter the situation, but for all other financing and recruitment, a compelling threat must be conveyed to potential fighters and backers. By de-legitimizing Al Qaeda as a military threat, and as the overwhelming threat to western civilization.......and removing the perceived threat to Muslims [occupations], we take away that compelling threat that motivates many jihadi's.

So can someone....anyone....explain to me the rationale for even tepid support of escalation? Given that nearly all of the rhetoric provided fails to support the reality...does it simply boil down to 'well at least we're doing something?' Even though that something is counter-productive?


  1. There is merit in dealing with the Taliban if we want if nothing else, a "stable?" Afghanistan.
    Karzai said it would take 15 to 20 years before Afghans had a security force capable of actually securing. A big part of this is it takea a long tme to build a loyal and trained officers corp.

    The Taliban already has that. We've got cruise missles. We can always send them if Al Queda tries to come back.

    Nobody wants to be known as the President that quit or surrendered. The reality is there is nothing in Afghanistan to conquer. It's a loose assortment of tribes that don't care who's in charge in Kabul.

  2. http://realityzone-realityzone.blogspot.com/2009/12/rethink-afghanistan-security-civilian.html

    Watch part 6 the second video. This explains it pretty well.
    When it come to Mullah Omar, and OBL, the Taliban were ready to turn OBL over to us. We did not accept him. The charade had to continue.

  3. For what it's worth.


  4. Unfortunately, overtures to Taliban fighters to repent have been soiled by Karzai corruption and graft.

    What could have led to negotiations, has been self sabotaged.


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