Comments on: On tipping points and Taliban talks Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: SZaman88 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:34:54 +0000 By engaging Taliban in a dialogue process, peace might prevail in the region and it is also important because the locals prefer it. Peace is always relative and also depends a lot on the aspirations of people, so conducting dialogues with Taliban, peace might prevail in this war torn country.

By: KPSingh01 Sun, 25 Apr 2010 16:01:53 +0000 If insurgencies cannot be defeated, why did the US attack Afghanistan in 2002? The information being presented in this article must have been available then too. Why didn’t they send delegations to Kabul to negotiate with Taliban and settle the matter diplomatically after 9/11? After having spent 9 years in this region and wasting away enormous resources and lives, now there is a thought on negotiations. Looks like some countries have a lot of money, weapons and lives to waste.

They are fighting the wrong war. Al Qaeda went after the US because of its military presence in Saudi Arabia, which houses the holiest shrines of Islam. Bin Laden wants them out of there. May be the US should start negotiating with Al Qaeda about a withdrawal schedule from the Middle East. That could have solved all these problems. May be the Western powers make a treaty amongst themselves that they will never sell weapons or military technology to other countries to make money. It is the French, the British, the Italians, the Germans, the Russians and the Americans who have been wreaking havoc by selling military equipment and technology to many conflicting sides in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and other parts of the world, making whopping profits. Conflicts in the world are created and sustained by these powers. Diplomacy is used to thwart any peaceful solutions and then military and intelligence agencies are engaged to stage coups, assassinations and chaos to escalate conflicts. May be they should go to war with each other directly instead of using pawns from other under developed countries.

The tribes in Afghanistan had existed for eons, with their own codes and customs and did not mess with the outside world. Their life was disrupted by turning their land into a cold war battle field. They were radicalized and made blood thirsty. And now they are being attacked in order to bring a solution. Would they trust the US and its allies ever again? Probably not. Why would they negotiate with the Westerners if they cannot trust them?
Whatever has happened in South Asia is very unfortunate.
Peace will only return when the Western powers go broke like the Soviet Union and shrink their influence to their own territories.