Taliban ready to sue for peace?

September 30, 2007

Well, not quite. But, large elements of the Taliban are beginning to consider it:

President Hamid Karzai’s office said Sunday that there is “serious debate” among some Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the militants said they will “never” negotiate with Afghan authorities until foreign troops leave.

Clashes and airstrikes, meanwhile, killed 16 people, capping a week that saw more than 270 people die in insurgency-related violence.

Karzai said Saturday he would be willing to meet personally with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and give militants a position in government in exchange for peace. Karzai spokesman Humayun Hamidzada on Sunday stressed that the militants would have to accept Afghanistan’s constitution.

But Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi repeated a position he announced earlier this month, saying there would be no negotiations until U.S. and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan.

Of course, he’d deny it. One of the last things you want to do is let your enemy know your will to continue the fight is breaking. (A lesson the Copperheads Democrats and the Geldings Republican “wets” should learn.) But Afghan and NATO intelligence have picked up signs of a serious rift in the Taliban, with some advocating cutting a deal.

It’s not hard to imagine why, considering their lack of progress and the casualties they’ve been taking. Their vaunted “spring offensive” this year was preempted by a NATO-Afghan offensive, several of their top-ranking commanders have been killed, and they’ve had to resort to terrorist tactics out of desperation.

There’s almost certainly a hard-core that will fight on to the bitter end, but, if significant numbers can be shaved away through a reconciliation deal, it may reduce to Taliban threat to that of a nuisance, thus giving long-suffering Afghans the chance to rebuild they deserve.

(hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard)

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Only in Sharia-Land

September 30, 2007

Where else but in lands ruled by the medieval, misogynistic code of sharia law could this happen?

Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Islam places the responsibility for a man’s sexual behavior on the woman, for a man who sees an unveiled woman or is alone with a woman who is not his close relative might not be able to control himself — and it would be the woman’s fault.

Granted the husband was probably looking for a reason to divorce her, but it’s a good thing he intervened when he did. No telling what that poor guy on the TV was going through.

(hat tip: LGF)

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