Taliban: New and Improved?

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There is no reliable way to distinguish a peaceful Muslim from a jihadist. These friendly fire, or supposedly friendly fire, attacks are yet more fruit of the unwillingness to make even a cursory attempt to take that fact into account. And our troops can’t help but notice. A classified coalition report that leaked last week noted: “U.S. soldiers’ perceptions of A.N.A. [Afghan National Army] members were extremely negative across categories,” including the categories “trustworthiness on patrol,” “honesty and integrity,” and “drug abuse.” One soldier said of the Afghans: “They are stoned all the time; some even while on patrol with us.” Another added: “They are pretty much gutless in combat; we do most of the fighting.”

So divorced from reality is the Western coalition’s view of the Taliban that Maulawi Noor ul Aziz, who was once a senior leader of jihadis in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, was recently granted amnesty by the Karzai government. While he was in Nad-e Ali, Maulawi frequently targeted British troops. And so who, of course, is funding the program to grant amnesty to former Taliban fighters, in the fond hope that they will give up jihad for a normal life? Why, the British, of course. Who else?

And so now the Taliban are fine with girls going to school. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid revealed what was behind this when he explained: “During the past Taliban regime the government would make some hasty decisions, but now we are careful and deliberate.”  Has the Taliban actually given up on their intention to impose Sharia upon Afghanistan, in its most virulent, violent form? No. Has the Taliban actually renounced, reformed, or modified any of its foundational principles? It has not.

Nonetheless, the “war is deceit” game is so much easier and more fun to play when you have a target so willing, even eager, to be deceived. And in the Western media and official Washington, the Taliban have not one, but two easy marks. How they must be laughing in Kabul.

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  • Alvaro

    The A.N.A. is not an army, it is a failed rehab center.

    As to Western media and Washington, Sun Tzu said in the 6th century BC: "If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles… if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle."

    It is just what is happening here, isn't it?

  • KKKK

    "new and improved?" hardly. islam can never be "new and imrpoved;" it can only lie, steal, kill, and do the short of things it has been doing snce the very begining.

    • K-K=0

      Islam is not the same as the Taliban. And the Taliban are not the same as Al Qaida.
      Islam is an religion of more than a million people, and is as good or bad as any other religion, depending on the people who interpret the scripture.
      The Taliban are a group of people, who don´t believe in the (corrupt) state-system (as the KKK does not) and form their own system. (which I am not in favor of)
      Al Qaida is a terrorist network, which aims to end americas imperialism. I understand their point, but condemn their violence!

      • pagegl

        The Taliban and al Qaeda are part and parcel of Islam. As far as interpreting scripture, perhaps you can tell me what "kill the unbelievers" means other than kill anyone who is not Muslim.

      • tagalog

        What "state-system" is it that the Taliban reject? Don't they exist in several countries with differing "state-systems?"

        Doesn't the Taliban believe, as do all Muslims, in states where the state is ruled by religious law, i.e., the shar'ia?

  • rightkindofred

    Sharia in Afghanistan is none of our business.

    We have no vital national interests there, other than that it should not be used as a terrorist training camp.

    The problem with Muslims is not what they do in their countries, but rather what they do in ours. Therefore, Muslim immigration to the West must be strictly limited, and, in countries where an unassimilible Muslim population has taken root, a policy of orderly repatriation must be introduced.

    We must dispense with hubristic fantasies of bringing Jeffersonian democracy to Afghanistan. It’s time for our military to come home. Should the Taliban allow its territory to be utilized as a terrorist staging area, we can use a combination of covert action, commando raids, and neutron bombs as needed.

    But my guess is that they’ll stay in their sandbox.

    • RoguePatriot6

      "But my guess is that they'll stay in their sandbox."

      I would have to agree with some of what you said but this is the assessment that we made before and look where it got us. Islamists won't stay in their sandbox. They are sworn to destroy anything and everything that won't submitt to this ideology, period.

  • mrbean

    The purpose of war has little to do with peace, but with the immediate objective of destroying the enemy and achieving without great causualties and cost. Peace is only a by-product of war when the enemy is destroyed gives up, and no longer has a means to oppose continued warfare. If the enemy continues to resist, that is not peace, but a stalemate: The whole Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan is a stalemate and is not peace.

    • Fred Dawes

      world bankers; war is great for the boys in banking.

      • mrbean

        Government debt from war you mean is great for the FED which are now indirectly dominated by foreign banks as well.

  • Steeloak

    George Patton knew exactly what to do with the enemy:

    • Fred Dawes

      And the boys had him killed

      • tagalog

        I thought Patton was killed in an automobile crash. Silly me, that's just what they WANT me to believe.

        Oh yeah, they had that sniper who fired the broken piece of some mechanism through a specially-made rifle, didn't they, just like in the movie?

  • BLJ

    Screw Afghanistan. Let them kill each other.

  • Fred Dawes

    The CIA/Mossad Is running the tabiban as it did run the Al Qaede Boys and handed 3 Islamic states in the last year, open your eyes see it for what it is. Afghanistan has been handed over to the Chinese and the world bankers.

    • tagalog

      Yep, I can just see the Taliban and al-Qaeda guys asking why they eat unleavened bread at Passover…

  • Amused

    Dawes , time to take another aspirin .

    • Steeloak

      I think he forgot to take his Clozapine again.

  • mrbean

    Dhimmi "Useful Idiots" of Islam don't realize that the Muslims don't want to be tolerant, they don't want allies, they don't want to assimilate, they want to change America to conform to Islam and Sharia law. Useful idiot Dhimmis just want no conflict and the alligator to eat them last. Muck the Fuzzlims! Kill 'em all, wrap 'em in their prayer rugs and put 'em all in piles, burn 'em all using pork grease for a starter, and let Allah sort 'em out. Oh deaaaarrr, I am just sooooo awful aren't I

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It will not be long before we see Gerber baby food on display with Taliban Mullahs
    pictures on the front, with words such as "goes down soft and easy, tasty".
    Government toads will enable this and just think, Mullah Omar on a box of
    pablum, must be what Obama and Company are eating…………..When will
    we wake up from this absurd dream from looney land? It kind of looks like
    they are selling drugs, "try it you will like it"………….We are in and age of
    flim-flam and it is promoted by our Government to our detriment and the aid
    of the enemies of mankind…………………………………………………William

    • tagalog

      "And NO PORK OR PORK PRODUCTS have touched this baby food"