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What is a Taliban Moderate? Do you agree with Obama on engaging in "talks with Taliban"?

U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposal to reach out to moderate Taliban will fail to end the Afghan insurgency as it is inflexible Taliban leaders who are orchestrating the war, not moderates, analysts said.
Obama, in an interview with the New York Times newspaper published on its website on Saturday, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed Obama’s proposal but analysts were doubtful.
“Obama’s comment resemble a dream more than reality,” said Waheed Mozhdah, an analyst who has written a book on the Taliban.
“Where are the so-called moderate Taliban? Who are the moderate Taliban?” asked Mozhdah, who was an official in both the Taliban and the Karzai governments.
"Moderate Taliban’ is like ‘moderate killer’. Is there such a thing?”, asked writer and analyst Qaseem Akhgar

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:13 PM on Mar. 10, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:13 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Not unless he is talking with an oozie.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • No, I don't agree. I think this is like trying to talk to a serial killer and ask him nicely to stop killing people. When religion is involved, rational discussion and decisions are simply not possible. Thinking you can negotiate with someone who has a mandate from God to convert or kill you is wishful pie-in-the-sky thinking.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 1:17 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Let's ask Helen Thomas about those "so-called terrorists". No, seriously, does anyone have problems with the A$$hole in office pissing off the Brits, sending gifts back to the UK, and wanting to speak kindly to moderate terrorists?
    Anyone? Anyone at all?
    Stop listening to Obama, and start watching what he is doing.
    Doesn't the term Taliban in and of itself mean things like Jihad, Islam, and Allah?
    We had a candidate scream he was a Christian and not Muslim, but now is making great strides to reach out to the muslim community. wth?

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 1:18 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Absurd. Hasn't it been proven over and over again that you cannot negotiate with crazies? "Moderate Taliban"? What a load of crap. This is why liberals are considered spineless appeasers.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:18 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • I feel it's dangerous and sends the wrong message to our allies.  I can't remember now, do we care about our allies anymore? 


    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:19 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • You cannot be a "kind of" terrorist. If you are a member of a terrorist group, you are just as much as a terrorist as everyone else. Not just a "moderate" terrorist. WE SHOULD NOT BE NEGOGTIATING WITH TERRORISTS PERIOD!!! No good will come of "talks" with them. They could agree to everything Obama says and I guarentee once he turns around they'll continue doing whatever they've been doing. The Tailban is an EXTREMIST group. They have extreme beliefs that motivate them to do all their terror attacks. No talk is going to change that. Obama is living in a fantasy world. No words are going to stop terrorists, you have to take action. But clearly Obama would rather wait until another September 11th happens before he would want to take action in stopping them. When they happens, which I guarentee it will, don't blame me, I voted for McCain.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Moderate Taliban is like Kinda Pregnant. Just doesn't work that way.

    But I'm sure Obama isn't expected to know or understand that like we do until he's had at least 6 months in office.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:35 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • If you believe God or whoever they believe in is telling you to kill people, having your ear talked off isn't going to change these "messages" from God telling you to kill.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Absolutely not!

    To do so legitimizes them.

    This man is insane!

    They would like his head on a platter.


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 1:35 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

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