"Afghan Taliban are always welcome, they belong to this country. ... They are the sons of this soil," Karzai said. "As they repent, as they regret, as they want to come back to their own country, they are welcome."
What is the point of our mission, if the government of Afghanistan effectively undermines our intentions of "ridding" the land of Taliban fighters? Offering amnesty, while we simultaneously act in an offensive manner. It would seem the two strategies have no logical consistency. Are we negotiating or eradicating, and if we are negotiating, then why are we putting our troops at risk only to offer a later potential "repent"?
It's not just Karzai, other NATO countries are pushing the negotiation angle:
Senior German officials, including Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have asked Berlin to host an Afghan peace conference where Taliban moderates could discuss terms with the Kabul authorities.
Kurt Beck, who is leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner, first made the proposal during his visit to Afghanistan. Beck told reporters about his proposal after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
Canadian troops are part of the vanguard trying to hold territory in Taliban strongholds. Canadians are dying because of the actions of insurgents, yet the home government is reaching out to those same people. Is it just me, or does this make little sense, and suggest today's toll may ultimately prove senseless?
I guess I'm not the only one asking the question.