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  • The Taliban and the PLO

    01/13/2012 7:51:02 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | January 13, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    The Washington Post ran several articles and columns this week about the emergence of once-secret U.S.-Taliban talks designed to pave the way for an American exit from Afghanistan. Writers have likened them to the talks that preceded our exit from Vietnam. Maybe, but there is another cautionary tale in our history: what happens when the United States ignores the nature and behavior of an adversary and pretends that a) people devoutly wedded to a violent ideology will accept less than ultimate victory and will allow their darkest enemy to "win" as well; and b) legitimizing them and providing concessions will...
  • Against Odds, Path Opens Up for U.S.-Taliban Talks

    01/11/2012 8:10:34 PM PST · by Phlap · 15 replies
    N Y Times ^ | 01/11/2012 | By STEVEN LEE MYERS MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ERIC SCHMITT
    ... despite doubts in the administration, misgivings on Capitol Hill and the erratic objections of the most important partner in any potential peace deal — President Hamid Karzai — the administration’s best hope for ending the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical juncture. Next week, Mr. Grossman and his team are rushing back to the region to consult with several allies, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and if Mr. Karzai gives his blessing, will resume preliminary talks with the Taliban representative before another opportunity slips away.