Thursday, June 21, 2007

Taliban Not a Long-Term Threat - Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the BBC today that the Taliban, " not a threat to the survival of Afghanistan, its government, its future objective." This assessment flies straight in the face of the continual claims of NATO and mission-friendly supporters such as our very own Stephen Harper.

Mr Karzai also said international forces in the country should do more to prevent the killings of civilians. As for the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Karzai said they don't "have the guts" to seriously threaten the Kabul government.


Steve V said...

If they are not at threat, then why does Karzai advocate negotiating amnesty?

The Mound of Sound said...

It's obvious to Karzai that the Talibs are a fact of life among the Pashtun and there's no way NATO is going to ever defeat them. It's not just Karzai but the Afghan parliament that seek negotiations with the insurgents. They keep telling us that and yet we continue on as though we don't hear them.