Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Thank God we never listen to the NDP until it's too late

Perfect. After being told for years that negotiating with the Taliban was insane, the only spineless cowards would even think of talking with the monsters behind 9/11, and that we couldn't possibly betray our new allies in the Kabul government (who wanted us to negotiate anyway, but moving on...) we find today (via The Agonist) that the US and Pakistan are busy... negotiating with the Taliban. And preparing to pay up, big time:
The Taliban, under the command of Mullah Mansoor (brother of the legendary Mullah Dadullah, who was killed in battle this year), are in Satellite town, Quetta, to talk of teega. The next rounds are scheduled for Peshawar, the provincial capital of North-West Frontier Province, and in the Waziristan tribal areas with Taliban commanders of the southeastern provinces.

Specifically, the deals aim to stop violence in selected areas and give the Taliban limited control of government pending the conclusion of a broader peace deal for the country and the Taliban's inclusion in some form of national administration....
So after swearing up and down that we wouldn't negotiate with the Taliban -- and calling Jack Layton and the NDP naive, traitorous simps for even suggesting it -- we're finally following a rational course that we could have taken years ago, when we held a much stronger position in Afghanistan.

In other news, PM Harper has apparently informed Bush that he doesn't expect to get Parliamentary approval for an extension of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. We can, I think, deduce two things from this: First, Harper doesn't expect to have a majority by 2009, certainly not if people think he's going to keep soldiers in Afghanistan. Second, he doesn't believe that the current status quo, if it endures that long, allows him to keep troops beyond 2009.

I don't think that's necessarily true. If the rumours of Ignatieff's attempts to unseat Dion are true, I think Harper can reasonably expect the Liberal party to roll over for an extended tour in Afghanistan until, oh, 2070 or so. And btw, if the rumours of Ignatieff's attempts to unseat Dion come true, you can expect a hearty "I told you so" from this corner.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You mention that Iggy may be trying to unseat Dion. Do you have any info to base this in or is it just the usual MSM comments?
I keep hearing it but cannot find any concrete info on what he is doing?

David

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! The fundamentalist warlords and drug dealers on all sides will share the spoils on the backs of all the women of that region.

We're supposed to applaud?

adam said...

Nobody is claiming that it's a good thing. What has been claimed for some time is that negotiation is going to be necessary since subduing the Taliban through military means isn't working, and can't work unless we're prepared to devote much more resources to the problem. (Even then, see the long history of previous failed attempts at subduing Afghanistan.) Given that situation, a negotiation that gives some international oversight is preferable to continually wasting lives on unmeetable military goals.

It does of course hinge on being able to reach some agreement which doesn't allow the Taliban to reinstate the former status-quo verbatim.