Skip to comments.Taliban Admits Defeat
Posted on 06/25/2007 9:12:52 AM PDT by Valin
The Taliban has admitted defeat, in their own unique way. In recent media interviews, Taliban spokesmen announced a shift in emphasis to suicide bombings. The Taliban also admitted that the Americans had infiltrated their high command, which led to the death or capture of several senior Taliban officials, and the capture of many lower ranking ones as well. There have also been some prominent defections recently, which the Taliban spokesmen did not want to talk about.
The Taliban has never been a terrorist organization. They began as a paramilitary operation fifteen years ago, when they were recruited from refugee camps in Pakistan. There, Afghans in religious schools were armed by Pakistani intelligence officers, and persuaded to go back to Afghanistan to end the civil war raging there and establish a religious dictatorship. No terrorism, just brute force by a bunch of gun toting young guys on a mission from God. Once they achieved power, the Taliban quickly demonstrated that they did not have a clue when it came to running a country. They did give al Qaeda, recently run out of Sudan, a refuge. By the late 1990s, they were using a brigade of al Qaeda gunmen as enforcers, to keep increasingly unhappy Afghan tribes in check. Then came September 11, 2001, and it was all over in two months. A few hundred American Special Forces and CIA operatives provided advice, encouragement and smart bombs to help the Afghans drive the Taliban out of power. Fleeing back to Pakistan, the Taliban spent five years rebuilding and soliciting funds from wealthy Islamic conservative Arabs and Pakistanis. Afghan drug gangs also became sponsors, as these guys had got their start when the Taliban were in power. Back then, if you paid the Taliban a "tax" you could produce and ship opium and heroin in Afghanistan. The new Afghan government has been hostile to that arrangement, but the Taliban are eager to restore the good old days.
Terrorism is a step back for the Taliban, and an admission that they have failed, in the last two years, in their effort to march into Afghanistan and take over. Suicide bombing is suicidal in more ways than one. Most of the victims, so far, have been Afghans, and this has turned many likeminded (Islamic conservative) Afghans against the Taliban. But at this point, the Taliban have no choice. They must either step back, or step aside. By choosing to proceed with a terror campaign, they are also selecting extinction.
Now drop 100 Moabs to send a message.
Remember that funeral we didn't bomb? My guess is that some of our operatives were in attendance, gathering intelligence.
When you stand up to them they skuttle back under the rocks.
The liberal argument is that we should redploy from Iraq to Afghanistan because we ignored it and let the Taliban re-constitute itself.
Bella Pelosi and Dingy Harry Reid deeply saddened
This statement is true of a lot of "movements". The key example is the Palestinian "movement." The reason the peace talks fell apart was that Arafat realized that he didn't have the foggiest idea of how to govern. If he couldn't continue the struggle then he knew he would lose power. That has continued under the remains of Fatah and now with Hamas.
The Taliban is and has been a secondary player.
The enemy is Islam not the Talibaners.
1. the Saudi funding of worldwide jihad collapses
2. the West realizes the infiltration of islam provides aid and assistance to those pledged to destroy us
The war will continue. Has it ever really stopped in the past 1300+ years? I think not.
The taliban has never been a terrorist organisation. They just went around killing people for the fun of it.
***The Taliban has never been a terrorist organization. They began as a paramilitary operation fifteen years ago, when they were recruited from refugee camps in Pakistan.***
That’s what they are in the Middle East. Freedom fighters
Over here, in the real world, they’re a terrorist organization.
I heard the surge isn’t working, Harry Reid said so.
(Do I really need a /s tag?)
I just read in the MSM the other day that the Taliban were resurgent. This report can’t be true.
I hope that is the case, and I hope I will remember it next time I get angry with an apparent failure to act. It’s hard to do when there have been so many times I wrongly assumed the Bush administration had strategic reasons for actions/non-actions I faulted it for.
What you said is the damn truth.
These ‘battles’ against the Taliban or Saddam or Al Qaeda even are non-events in the coming war against all 1.2 billion of them.
The Taliban should just wait a bit longer. The Democrats will likely help them snatch victory from defeat.
This statement is true of a lot of "movements".
One such movement is Communism, represented in this country by the Democrat Party.