Peace Talk or Delay Tactic?


By Jim Emerson, staff writer

During his campaign President Obama insisted that America must have talks with its enemies. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, supported by the British and Pakistani governments has advocated negotiating with the Taliban. Nevertheless, such negotiations must be approached with caution.

On October 15 Gen. David Petraeus, acknowledged that Allied forces has provided Taliban safe passage for peace talks. The Taliban leaders have been secretly leaving their sanctuary in Pakistan to attend discussions in Kabul.

  The negotiations have been held between representatives of President Hamid Karzai , the Quetta shura, the leadership of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the hard-line Haqqani network.

 The main focus of the talks is geared towards ending the nine year old war. The Taliban who are negotiating are doing so without the approval of Mullah Omar and the Pakistan Intelligence services.

 [2]The New York Times had reported that the Taliban leaders who are involved in the talks may be arrested or killed. They have been assured that while in Afghanistan they will not be harmed and to prove that the Afghan government runs the country, not anyone else.

 Never forget the war was started to deny al Qaida a sanctuary after the 9-11 attacks. The last time Americans forces had firsthand experience with Afghanistan negations was during the battle of Tora Bora. While under heavy airstrikes intelligence sources believe that Bin Laden was wounded. American forces with the Northern Alliance had their best chance ever to kill or capture Bin Laden.

 The Afghanistan halted the final battle by announcing they had negotiated a ceasefire with al-Qaida. This provided Bin Laden and his men plenty of time to escape to Pakistan.

 America and Afghanistan must not let their guard down, history is a good teacher. Far too often truce talks are a tactic of war for our enemies. The TET offensive was launched during a truce on the Vietnamese Lunar New Year’s Celebration.

  Even though the North Vietnam lost the battle, they did win the war by using the most effective soldiers in the communist nation’s military: the Peace Protestors, the American Press and public opinion. Soon Afghanistan will have colder weather the Taliban usually stand down, calling for a truce. They will be storing weapons  smuggled in from Iran and waiting for warmer weather. They might be waiting for spring to end the truce.  Once they do history will repeat itself.

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