Skip to comments.Talking to al Qaeda? Don't rule it out, some say (MEGAHURL!)
Posted on 09/13/2007 12:32:06 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
LONDON (Reuters) - Six years after the September 11 attacks, a few cautious voices are beginning to suggest the unthinkable -- maybe it is time to consider talking to al Qaeda.
The idea will revolt some people and raises obvious questions -- through what channels could such a dialogue take place and what would there be to negotiate?
But proponents say al Qaeda has established itself as a de facto power, whether the West likes it or not, and history shows militant movements are best neutralized by negotiation, not war.
"No insurgency or terrorism has been defeated by warfare or violence," former Anglican church envoy and hostage negotiator Terry Waite said in a debate on BBC World television.
"There are some rational players in al Qaeda but it also attracts the psychotic. We need to seek an entry point," said the Briton, himself a captive in Lebanon from 1987 to 1991.
Jan Egeland, a Norwegian who helped broker secret talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation in the 1990s and later, as a top U.N. official, dealt with warlords and guerrilla leaders from Colombia to Uganda, told Reuters: "I wouldn't rule out speaking to anybody, a priori."
He went on: "It depends on who you speak to, but also what you speak to them about. I'm willing to speak to the devil to help the victims in the depths of hell. If I could have a meeting with al Qaeda where one could impress upon them that they are the biggest anti-Islamic force around, why not?"
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In retrospect, I suppose we should have talked with Hitler instead of fighting.
Give me liberty and give them death!
Go right ahead & do your "talking." Get back to us if you survive a beheading, you dumba$$ dhimmis.
Why in the hell do they keep writing this crap? I guess these clowns haven’t figured out how dumb they sound.
Yeah, worked great with Hitler. Tojo too. (Maybe they weren't "militant" enough). Frickin' morons.
We’re already talking to al Qaeda. And the libs don’t like it because it’s unpleasant for the jihadis. In their mind, it’s not just a matter of talking to them. It’s a matter of giving respect to them.
Or are they visualizing world appeasement again?
ummm, yep, definately room for diplomacy with these people /sarc
You just can’t make this cr@p up. I swear... these liberal morons would keep trying to talk to these monsters as they were sawing their heads off.
They forgot that Hitler betrayed their beloved Joe Stalin.
Wrong...the Mongols dealt very successfully with the Order of Assassins by killing them in very creative ways.
Ah yes, the famous "Oslo Accords." They worked almost as well as Munich did.
I propose that the Democratic Congressional leadership take the reigns and begin negotiations with the terrorists. The Dems can begin by offering to submit ... Oh wait ... they have already started. Scratch That.
> In retrospect, I suppose we should have
> talked with Hitler instead of fighting.
Uh, we did, and got “Peace in our time”.
Whenever some vacant skull proposes this,
merely ask them:
“How does one negotiate agreements with
people who don’t keep agreements?”
Cutting off their goolies is also good.
Unless, of course, it's the Minutemen, the Branch Davidians, Randy Weaver, ot etc. - it's shoot first and suppress questions later when it's alleged American militants we're talking about.
Proven threats like Osama get more tolerance from these %#@%$#! than Americans do.
If you're referring to Munich 1972, then yes, you're right. [/s]
I nominate Hillary as Ambassador to Al Qaeda!
I didn’t put a /sarc tag behind it, but maybe I should have.
Yes, it is long past time to begin talking to al Qaeda. Start with you have 36 hours to hand over bin Laden. If you refuse we will kill every man woman and child in North Diarrhea-stan. If you are to orchestrate another attack in the Western owrld you can kiss goodbye to Mecca, Medina, Qom and any other place that you savages consider holy. If you continue to persist then we will begin to bomb islam from the face of the earth.
There is nothing wrong with “talking” to al Qaeda - if by talking they mean interrogating, intimidating, or insulting. :)
I can think of several short words that could be put before the NO!!!
Just exactly how does one negotiate with them? They want to kill everyone in the world who is not a Muslim fanatic. Should we compromise and let them kill half the people in world?
I second that!
“I’m willing to speak to the devil to help the victims in the depths of hell.”
I am not going to comment on the theological aspects of the above statement, but for us to speak with the devil is exactly what he wants us to do. How can anyone negotiate with a liar when any contract with him is null and void from the very start?
I find it curious the same people calling for ‘negotiations’ with al Qaeda are the exact same people that had no desire to ‘negotiate’ with Operation Rescue in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Back then, these ‘same people’ said they couldn’t negotiate with ‘religious fanatics’.
Yep, very curious.....
This from the same egghead who thinks the US doesn’t give the UN enough money.
Can someone shove some pies down his piehole? Please? Nothing but @#$% seems to come out.
Bring an extra head in case you lose yours.
I guess the ignoramus’s don’t know that it is perfectly acceptable to these muslim psychopaths to lie to the infidels? How dumb can these people be? Don’t answer that.
That’s the process by which terrorists become Leftist heroes, and then statesmen. Worked for Yassir Arafat, etc.
If we talk to these people, we will of sold out our fellow citizens, the brave souls who have died fighting these terrorists, and our principles.
“Why in the hell do they keep writing this crap?”
They think it sounds clever. And they’re throwing their fellow leftists a bone to chew on.
We didn’t have to. Chamberlain was at the beckon call of Hitler & Moussilini (sp?). He ran to them like an obedient dog whenever they called. Obviously, it’s a rock solid strategy to try to reason with mentally unstable people.
Well, a demand for unconditional surrender does require talking to the enemy. ^_^
Wasn't Neville Chamberlains line ended? Does he have great grand kids working for Rueters?
This is ridiculous. When it comes to al-Qaeda, there is nothing to talk about. They want total worldwide submission to radical Islam and want to murder any and all who do not submit. You cannot negotiate with people who want all or nothing, who demand everything and threaten death if they don’t get it. We cannot reason with people who possess such relentless malice. We can only fight them.
Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Kerry...they all talk to Al Queda all the time. Like when they rebutted General Petraus, they spoke the same words that Obama Bin Laden does.
Maybe we should have a meeting with OBL. First, we would locate him. Secondly, the talk would go like this...”We want to come to an agreement with you. You surrender and we won’t kill you. How’s that?”
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Sure, let’s talk. I can think of some things I’d say to Bin Laden - Just before I blew him away.
Terry Wait should know from his experience as a captive of Muslim extremists in Lebanon that they aren't interested in negotiating anything. The current crop of Islamic fascists have no intent to negotiate on anything but a total capitulation of Western civilization. We may laugh at Bin Laden's last message but it is wholly consistant with the mindset of the Muslim extremists...what they want is conversion of the whole world to Islam by whatever means necessary and the establishment of a global Islamic theocracy police state.
We talk to Al-Quaida everyday at Git-Mo. What more do they want? Sheesh.
recognize them, talk with them?
then its like the palestainians, through those two steps you start legitimizing them. you give them REAL existence.
recognize them through crosshairs,
legitimize them with pb
Does this “Security Correspondent” have water on the brain?