Karzai, who has repeatedly offered peace talks, said he would personally meet with Taliban's fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, chief of another insurgent group.
Karzai said he would allocate some government posts to the Taliban and if Hekmatyar and Omar wanted power, both could stand in the elections, due to be held in 2009.
To even consider allowing Omar a role in the government is a complete affront to all the moral arguments posited to support the war. Karzai is prepared to allow the man who harbored and sponsored Al Qaeda, repressed all those woman and school children who we are supposedly liberating, destroyed the country by our own estimates, back into the fold. What exactly are Canadian troops doing then, what exactly are they dying for? This desire by Karzai is amazing, considering what is happening with our troops at the moment.
Canada should suspend all military operations, focus on the "safe" areas, reconstruction and training, until Karzai figures out if there is an enemy afterall. People are clearly operating at cross-purposes. The term Taliban is a loose characterization, because the insurgents take different forms. If someone proposed negotiating with some tribal elders who are resisting, that is one thing, but to bring Mullah Omar, the leader that plunged the world into this mess in the first place, another opportunity to yield power, is preposterous. All the rhetoric to support the war is nonsense if this development actually occurs, and military operations amount to a sick joke.