Tuesday, August 4, 2009

NATO Chief wants to talk with the moderate Taliban

The incoming chief of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, mentioned his support for dialogue with the "moderates within the Taliban." This is rather interesting. NATO allies have criticised Pakistan for negotiating with the Taliban within Pakistan. However, NATO would like to do the same. Should Pakistan now accuse NATO of dancing with the terrorists?

The reality is that NATO has been holding talks with the Taliban since summer of 2008. These talks were sponsored and hosted by Saudi Arabia at the behest of the United States. What good may come out of this is any body's guess.

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