January 27th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Your view: Negotiating with the Taliban

One of the focuses of the London Conference on Afghanistan on Thursday will be how to reach a peace with at least some Taliban fighters.

Is it possible? Reader Richard writes, "The only way to effectively negotiate with the Taliban to treat them the way they treat others...mercilessly."

But other readers say it's feasible: "I believe the Afghani Taliban are a rare group that can be negotiated with," says Melanie. "Both sides should sit down, have a healthy meal with good tea and coffee, show respect in speech and actions, and the results will be a miracle."

What do you think? Is negotiating with the Taliban a good idea? Can a peace ever be met with the Taliban? Can lower level Taliban leaders be brought into the political and social fabric of Afghanistan?

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  1. gerri

    Negotiate with the taliban? My suggestions: 1) find out who's funding them and eliminate them 2) give their "leaders" millions, earn their trust, then destroy them (decapitation would fit nicely) before they turn on us again and again and again (personally that would take too much time and wasted money)
    3) Private hit squads would work too. Isreal had the best solution for the animals who got away after they slaughtered their olympic team in Munich in '72.
    Negotiate? One cannot negotiate with liars, murderers and people who want only to destroy us. Us, naturally being any civilized country! They speak nothing of peace only elimination. # 3 works for me!

    January 29, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |

    Who are you Americans trying to kid, you only went into Iraq and Afghanistan to steal all the resources. We all know very well that there is untaped gas reserves in the Caspian Sea that the Russian did not have the Technoligy to tap into. And that your country wants to run a gas pipeline thourgh Turkmeistan down Afganistain thourgh Pakistan, so I guess controling Afganistan becomes very important, NOT THAT YOU EVER WILL.

    Your country could'nt care less about the people of Iraq or Afganistan, your only there for your own greed. And now your government wants to negoitate, because it has realised it can't win this war, because you did'nt do your reserch on these people. They will never give up. You must know everything about your enemy before you can defeat them,
    you know very little about people outside your own country.

    So in closing, why don't you just keep your greedy nose out of everyone else bussiness and look at the problems you have in your on back yard.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nate D

    Check out VBS TV online if you think this is a remotely feasible situation. There are lots of documentaries on there that will actually show you whats going on. Unlike ALL of mainstream media. The average American has no clue whatsoever what is happening over there yet they would like to have such strong opinions. Educate yourself, then speak. This article makes me sick.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. KLOD

    i just returned from a year of patroling a Combat Outpost in Logar province, Afghanistan. i am an infantry mortarman. having experience in dealing with not only the enemy but the afghan army and the local populus, theres a lot about these people that the media isnt reporting (enough) that needs to be let out. the communication barrier is (in my opinion) the greatest disadvantage we have in this war. peace talks with talib are farfetched to the "american public". few would think it is necessary to hold relations with the enemy and yes id agree if i were them too, but this enemy is smarter and quicker to respond than any american soldier will ever be. should we consider negotiations or wait for an attack on US soil and potentially lose this global effort? i tell everyone i know, im actually hoping it happens and it just might.. there are capabilities people arent even aware of, but hey, thats all they know is how to dislike islam, and all they want to think about is the past. but hey, wake up! we as a people need to look toward the future.
    Since the beginning of the war, the media and our govt. had told us it was wrong to "deal with terrorists." there are other things we can do as a great satanic country than sit back and have no clue what the front lines would be like. it honestly shows the greed and selfishness of the american person(s); that they decide to keep our soldiers at war, as the budget expands and our nation deteriorates over certain levels of foolishness, forgetting that we have other options available to us. so, throw away your pride in freedom and remember too; it could all be gone and will be gone someday if we let it happen.
    maybe i did lose my packet in the war, but i know the difference in right and wrong.. peace talks seem to be the WISEST route possible at this point

    January 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JJ

    If His Highness the Aga Khan is in negotiation in the London conference, which he is ,Trust me it will all be settled............Yes it will

    January 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    All I can say is that if the Taliban and others are not stopped,we will be on the endangered list next.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leila poullada

    People who are actively working with Afghan and other NGO's in Afghanistan today, including many in the eastern frontier towns and villages agree that when most talibs see that ISAF and NATO are serious about helping rebuild and develop schools water supplies better roads communications and transport etc outside the 5 big cities they will be happy to turn to useful occupations.
    There are millions of Afghans who are sitting on the fence, for now watching to see how well our efforts are progressing. Forget the National cabinet, focus on the actual ministries and the provincial land local governments and citizen inicatives. There are over 1,000 such programs working patiently, more appearing every month as people see what has been accomplished jointly with foreigners on the ground using money from private and government grants from all over the world.
    Look at the web sites of PARSA, PECA, The Aga Khan Foundation and Greg Mortenson's Central Asian Institute for a few examples. I write as one who has lived in and cared about Afghanistan since 1953

    January 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Allanon

    I can appreciate your efforts, Melanie, and if the world wasn't filled with such pathetic fools as those all around us, we would be far better off, and your efforts not in vain. However, these people simply will condone no acts of diplomacy.
    Originally, their goal was to "cleanse the world of all infidels", but their leaders led them to the darker patterns of life. In the begining, they may have thought that their intentions were good; the problem lies with the leaders...the leaders themselves are pitful wretches who stole populations away for amusement, and tarnished those once-good people. I have heard of stories in which these wretched curs have tortured our captured fellow Americans into insanity. Their war is not "holy". These people have become loathsome, vile, foul, awful, and downright evil. They kill to kill, and for the pleasure of it This just goes to show that they themselves are insane, with visions of glory and appeasement. These are those who you do not want to negotiate with.
    The extremists have been corrupted because of those like Osama Bin Laden. The fault lies with the organizers, not the extremists themselves (like I said). The saddest part is, they've blinded themselves to anything else. THAT is why they are beyond redemption, Melanie. They see nothing but guilty people when they see us. That's all they'll ever see.
    But we must all remember that not all of it is their fault. They're always taught these things, insomuch that it's ground into their very marrow. They know no different, and we cannot judge them for that. It is regrettable, but we must destroy them. The fault will not lie with us, but with the core and root of all of this...the commanders.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lyle Blake

    "Once you've paid the 'danegeld' don't expect to be rid of the dane".
    The early brittons learned that with the viking raids of long ago. History is again forgotten.
    The taliban consider promises made to infidels is no promise at all. They may make pronouncements of peace to the u.n., but they'll be hollow words. The english PM's hopes of buying off the taliban to make them into nice guys is laughable. The idea didn't work with the danes. Ask the romans how their efforts to purchase peace worked out. Will the leaders of the UN stand up and scream "But they promised!"? Maybe, but they'll probably do it over the bodies of slain soldiers and civilians. At least the danes and vikings didn't kill their own...

    January 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    Negotiating with the taliban will be fruitless. The talibans upper echelons control the militray components of the entire group. Its the lower field commander that control the villages and instill the fear in the population. The only way to remove this fear and attain the support of the local population is to remove local warlords and their elements of the taliban. Stopping the influx of weapons and support to these low level leaders will stop their tyranny over outpost villages.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jose rivera

    I strongly believe that there should be no negotiations with the taliban. It seems to me that every time the taliban gets hit hard they want to negotiate,do they negotiate with the people they murder? All the people in the twin towers,and all over the world that were killed and are been killed as i write this e-mail somewhere in the world? No the answer shall be No. That also should apply to imposter governments that allows terrorist organizations to take camp inside their own country and also give them aid to commit terrorist attacks against other nations or people who dont believe in their beliefs. while smoothtalking themselves out of having any involvement in the support of terror organizations be it the taliban Al Queda,hamas,or hizbulla etc. They want to force all mankind to their religious views to treat woman like garbage to kill children to mass muerder people in the name of their god.They will kill our leaders if they get any chance as well as anybody including those that lack the common sense to know that sometimes dialogue does not work. perfect example hitler,in modern times also in our world history its proven a fact that in order to stop senseless bloodshed blood has to be spilled.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stephen Tryka

    Negotiating with Terrorists.....ridiculous! Why would any right blooded human being attempt to negotiate with a group or organization that openly attacks innocent people in an effort to spread their message? Where is the humanity I ask you? Negotiate, absolutely not!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Victor Pavamani

    The debate is: should we negotiate with the Taliban. This begs the question: what options do we have at our disposal to deal with them? Eliminate them? That has not worked and will not work. Recent history is proof. Dialogue? That never killed a soul. A fellow by the name of Gandhi believed ardently in its power and freed millions out of the oppressing hands of the British. Gandhi and his followers, King and Mandela, never resorted to weapons and killing to achieve their goals. History is proof.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Randy

    you can't be serious......negotiate with the Taliban? we are in serious trouble my friends....

    January 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Raphaella

    Are you serious???? this is pathetic this is ludicrous!!!!!i cannot believe how many people they have killed and they want to sit down and talk?????I think this Government should just learn to mind their own business and stop messing with the terrorist and while their at it treat every terrorist attacks to military could .

    January 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jai

    I think there shouldnt be any negotiations.They never gonna change their minds regarding the ideas they stick to.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |

    yes some one finally gets it. not all the worlds problems are solved with guns and bombs! sometimes all we need to do is sit down and talk out our problems. i feel like a preschool teacher. " AMERICA TALIBAN lets have a talk." come on people there is common sense left in the world you just have to look really hard and squint your eyes and you will see that not very thing is solved by blowing things up.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Pat

    We can't just kill off the Taliban and be done with it. What we're is fighting is an ideology, not an army. You can kill men, but you can never destroy an idea. We need to convince the Taliban that ours is the better idea. That's the only way to defeat the Taliban.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. SStof

    Anyone who Negotiates with this enemy for any reason other than to recieve thier complete unconditional surrender should be considered a traitor to thier family, society, civilization and country. Infidels are all these people see, they will never adhere to peace. The only way to erradicate an enemy such as the Taliban and followers, is to completly erase thier way of life, whether by force or extinction. These people are exactly like the Neanderthals, we realized the problem then, and we removed it, unfortunatly for our enemies of today, they require the same fair treatment that they deserve. JUSTICE.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. rob2tall

    another lame idea.
    First we support and train the likes of Usama bi Laden and his merry men to fight the
    former USSR-and we are buddies with the Mujhadeen Holy warriors-and thirty years later they all turn on us with our own weapons...bravo to the DOD and other idiots.
    We gave Pakistan several billion to fight the Taliban and they give a billion to them as a bribe and that backfires...
    When will we ever learn from our stupid foreign policy decisions?

    January 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bob

    taliban most likely wont negotiate they wont there way or they will fight for ever so i dont know how we can negotaiate.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. wevern345

    Pakistan quit fighting the Taliban in the Eastern provinces so the Taliban would have a safe haven to get away from the US force build up. Now we are sending in 30,000 more troops and the Taliban is leaving for the safety of Pakistan. Nice huh?

    January 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  23. quoc le

    Negotiiate with them?You are all nuts.
    They will accept the offer to regroup and to fill up their supplies then they will restart again with new supplies they have.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Hollywood

    As of father of 2 sons returned from Iran I believe in the old antig live by the sword. Let's get out and protect our borders with our troops and put people here to work. Thank you for letting me sound off!

    January 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. paul for canada

    I have not heard of any negotiations for the murders on death row, matter of fact the state govenors give you the impression they enjoy it, what you are seeing is the american way of life, G.I, JOE walking into battle with a cigarette in his mouth and bullets richoeing all around him but not one ever hits him, the great civil war, north against south, country men against country men, cousins against cousins, my grand father had four uncles all generals in the north three of them were killed in battle, general lee gets on his horse and rides away , abandoning the war , the south and the people that died for him, the americans in vietnam, kennedy started the war the french abandoned, slaughtereed all those american troops, millions of civilians, left those that supported them ( abandond them) plunged that nation into distruction, sorrow , and anguish, now IRAQ , afghanistan,, massive loss of americam soldiers,men in institutions on shelves , no leg, arms, a steel plate for the top of thier head, abandoned by wives and families, they served thier country, that is thier end,WHEN are you americans going to get a thinking facility, or are you going to liberate YEMEN, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, CUBA, VENESALIA,, BOLIVIA, You are running out of names to start your liberation in, you should start looking around for other country,s to nilate, You should look at your selves bankrupt, people looseing thier homes, not enough employment , nation strangled in taxation, now comes your end, your nation will collapse under neath of you,s, RICHARD NIXON was a intelligent president, he had his problems but he was wise enough that he was not going to inherit kennedy,s mess, This letter is not against men and womens that were mislead by thinking they were serveing thier country in the armed forces, but to ask the american seat of power, if they really truely believe what they have done is really right, do they really believe that they will pass from this life with out answering to all those peoples creator for what they have done,

    January 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Christer Friberg

    Fighting a war is usually not a solution to peace. When people are tired of fighting they all sit down to find a solution. I would assume all Afghan people, including the Taliban, are tired or wars, they should be, a realize that peace involves everyone and we must respect others, as we expect others to respect us. Not two humans are the same and we live in a global village.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Naushaba

    Reading all these views and opinions really shows how little we understand Islam. The very advent of Islam started off with the very intention of giving women their rights . Before the advent of Islam it was common among the Arab Pagans to slaughter baby girls and injustice was paramount in general .The Taliban you witness in Afghanistan are way away from the Islam that Prophet Muhammad (SSW) introduced to the World.None of this represents Islam.It has always been the way of the world to use religion as an excuse to start wars and divide people.The Afghan government and the Taliban both need to set their own understanding of Islam straight.There has never been any compulsion in the religion of Islam.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. krazy

    I think the taliban will never negotiate after 9 years of war.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. WhoNeeds Diplomacy

    Let's setup a meeting site to negotiate. Then pass the grid coordinates off to the nearest
    B-2 and let the negotiations begin. When did we become this way? What happened? You never negotiate with terrorists. There is no middle ground. They're an opporessive, extremist regime that must be destroyed. If we give in, we are basically throwing the people of the Middle East to the wolves. Do you think they'll all just be happy to see the US leave? We'll find them on our shores before you can say "Oops."

    "We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail."

    January 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mihail

    And why is it up to us to change those people when they want no part of any change? Why don’t we become like them? Isn't it because we don’t believe in that life style? Well it goes the same way. Afghanis want us out and let them leave the way they have for thousands of years, what is it to us how they dress and what they eat? Or is the region too important for oil companies behind this whole mess?
    This war will bring us all down and after all this is settle and done, we will be broke and in total collapse and chaos, and Afghanis will still leave as they always have by the laws they choose to follow. Its up to them if they want change and it’s pretty clear to me they don’t want to have our lifestyle.
    I say pull the troops back and save our economy and the market. We are on the verge of collapse if not there already.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Carmen

    Its insane to speak of negotiating. Whats being proposed is making a deal with the devil. We believe that what they are doing is evil and bad..well thats what I believe therefor I have no reason to trust any dealings with them. They are murderers and they hold no guilt towards killing Americans, so why in any type of reasoning would we make a deal? What we will leave their country if they stop bombing us and killing our people....give me a brake at this point they are set in their ways, they wont stop what they have come to believe and heres another thing....the leader of these Taliban groups hold power, a power that not everyone has over their people....how often does someone realize they are on a power trip and step away cause they are really only causing harm? Well heres some old news it doesnt happen here in America, take a good hard look at our politics and the way they fight for the American people, its a joke. Taliban leaders are just as bad as people with a job in politics. They have a reputation to hold on to. Here is my point: If we cant get our Dems and Repubs to agree with one another how the hell are we going to convince the Taliban to negotiate. Ya they may agree and give the whole OK-but that just a lie, we will see more death and plane crashes before we see people being logical and taking this seriously.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Joseph

    As a native american i believe the ways are government does treaties porbably not possible....but interesting try though

    January 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. mimi

    Like "jim's" post and a few others, I wish it were that easy to annihilate them but apparently it is not so therefore we gotta come up with another solution, even if that solution requires trying to talk & negotiate with the ones that are moderate(if they exist). We've tried War and that hasn't really solved much. It seems like we have no choice but to talk to these crazies. I hate judging an entire group but darn it, it's really hard not to when it comes to Fanatic Muslims or whatever you want to call them....really hard not to hate them ALL and wish they would all disappear (6ft under)...I hate talking/thinking like this but I'm just FED UP with all of Their cr@p!

    January 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  34. bob

    i think it is very tragic wat happened the inh

    January 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. fridoon

    Nobody mentions the source of the problem, i,g, who s the sole provider of money and weaponary for the taliban? Pakistan!

    Karzai s a traiter who want to sell the country to the ISI. how can he talk about negociation with the Taliban, these guys are the same guys who killed & killing every day 1000 and 1000 innocent people in the name of religion.

    Bombing the statue of Buddha, 9-11, london tube, Madrid bombing, shoe bomber, knicker bomber, the list is goes on

    as long as Pakistan pulling the string, there ll be no peace in the region.
    ISI is waiting in the shadow for the right mument.... deportation of NATO.

    Then we r back in square one,

    January 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Navaid Yusuf

    The international community must recognize that Afghanistan has never existed as a state in the commonly understood sense of the world. From the day it was recognized by Britain, as the great super power of the 19th century, Afghanistan has existed as a loose confluence of waring tribes continuously jockying for power against the tribe next door. Kabul has never been able to impose its writ over the whole territory known as Afghanistan. The future solution of the so-called state of Afghanistan will only begin to unravel once this fact is accepted. Over the last hundred years the co-called state of Afghanistan has completely failed to establish any reason for its existence. It is a source of head-ake for counties as far away as the US not to mention the neighboring countries. It is time the so-called state of Afghanistan is divided into smaller more manageable states which have a chance of looking like modern states where their citizens can live in peace and stop being a nightmare for the rest of the world.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Chorizo

    It's ashame that these guys use god as a tool or excuse to manipulate kids in believing what they do is right, It surely seems to me that their culture is used to bulley people in displaying to them who is in power. I really feel bad for the kids that are manipulated into believing they will be in the promised land by killing innocent people. WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!

    January 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Shan

    What would you negotiate with a bunch of psycho, ruthless, barbarians? they only understand one language, the language of violence and killings?
    The only negotiations you could do is how to kill them?

    January 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ben

    Let's not forget our history. The US actively supported the Taliban during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. I hate to beat a dead horse here, but we propped them up because it was a convenient tactic to indirectly battle the Soviet Union. We used the Taliban to fight the Russians, plain and simple. Once the Russians left Afghanistan we essentially let the Taliban do as they pleased. The US never quite cared about the human rights violations they committed. We just needed to find a stable power in the region and according to policy makers the Taliban was the means to maintain order in an otherwise lawless nation-state. Once 9/11 occurred, a regrettable day to say the least, that relationship changed, and our former ally became our enemy virtually overnight. We lumped all the Taliban together as a the "bad guys" (to use a colloquial expression) not recognizing the fact that the Taliban is a multifaceted group of people with varying sentiments some moderate and some radical. If we don't negotiate with those elements of the Taliban that are moderate and willing to talk and lump them all together as the big bad wolf instead, then we miss a valuable opportunity to establish a relative sense of detente in Afghanistan that is much better than all out war. To put it simply, US policy makers need to choose their words carefully. International relations is not a black and white business. There is plenty of gray area my friends...

    January 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mauryan

    Negotiating anything with the Taliban will be miscontrued as a weakness of the Western powers and a victory for "Allah's followers." The US is not able to do anything to Taliban because they are protected inside Pakistan. So the question must be asked of the Pakistanis, "Are you still with us or against us?" Pakistan has kept the Taliban alive for its own regional ambitions. Al Qaeda spoiled their plans by attacking the US. Pakistan tried to control Taliban and expand its influence in the region in order to hit India decisively. That plan got derailed by Al Qaeda's attacks in New York and elsewhere. So Pakistan has somehow managed to hide and protect its "assets" while the Americans were shouting and shooting in the empty land of Afghanistan. They just have decided to wait it out. They know that a time like this will come and the Americans will not be able to withstand domestic pressure. So the moment has come. Again some half baked deal will be made with the crooks in the region and the US will abandon the place. Pakistan will make sure that forces like Al Qaeda do not spread their tentacles in the wrong direction again. The world will forget this region and Pakistan and Taliban will retake all of Afghanistan and prepare for a grand show with India. The story will never end and no one cares as long as the objectives are confined to the region. Pakistan will be very careful about that. They just want the Americans out of there as quickly as possible, I am hoping that the Taliban feels macho and does not agree to any deals.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Andrew S Hernandez

    I don't think they should start talks with the taliban. Everytime a country has started talks with a country like this, it always ends in blood. I say that maybe the Americans should set up the talks with ALL the top taliban leaders and kill them all. End of an organised taliban. It will take them a while to recover from the massacre and maybe the american military could see how fast they react? Also, Americans need to stop trying to look good in other countries eyes by having so many ROEs. It's killing American Soldiers for unneccesary reasons. Let the military kill who they think has a gun, because by the time the american military finds out the person they were suspicious of was a taliban, they'd be on top of them blowing themselves up.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Salahuddin

    As-salaam alaykum

    Is negotiating with the Taliban in some eyes yes and some eyes no. only peace will get is when all the western militarys leave, thats what they want... its the only reason there fighting... they were fighitng when Russia was there.. there fighting now because were there. Peace can be met as simple as it is, once all western militarys leave Afghanistan...

    They dont want political or soical fabric, they want their country without the western countries being there telling them how to run their country. They program us saying their govt. is corrupt.. isnt ares as well so whats the difference..

    Its Karma... The Taliban wasnt that big of a deal when Russia/USSR was there fighting them... because we we supplyed them and trained them. Where do you think they got the knowledge of road side explosives. Now our country is there, the dog has turned on its trainer... and its sad to say the dog is winning.

    What are people dieing over there for? not for land.. not for a material... nothing.. innocent families are suffering on both sides. For govt. agendas... how many more are going to die for nothing. Its amazing just 40 years ago Vietnam happened. and what did the country get out of it.. not land... not a material... nothing.. just famlies without loves ones.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  43. capnmike

    How can anyone "negotiate" with religious fanatics, especially ones who believe that anyone not believing in their religion is subhuman. Sorry if this sounds "politically incorrect", but we cannot play patty-cake with these dirtbags. They want their beliefs to conquer the world....so did Hitler

    January 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Dan

    There is no level of negotiating that will reach any satisfactory level in change of Taliban ideology. It would be like convincing a Christian that christ never existed. One would make more progress convincing a wall to move back a few inches. The only solution is to render the Taliban extinct.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  45. BD159

    How to you negotiate with people who don't want to listen to bring a peacefull end to this war. They believe that America is trying to wipe Islam off the earth. They believe this is a holy war and with the serial numbers on the guns that we use having reference to the holy bible how could they not have second thought about the war. This is why I think that negotiating with the taliban is pointless. They are willing to die for there religion so talking to them and trying to get a peacefull end is a slim chance.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Randolph Hall

    I understand that it is human nature to try and live peacefully. Noone likes to fight, but if there was ever a doubt about whether or not we are dealing with reasonable people, all we need to do is remember 911. Individuals who believe that we can "talk it out" with the taliban are living in a fantasy. These terrorists will not stop preying on the weak, and if we back down from them, or turn our backs on them they will continue to do just that. Terrorize us.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Revolting Peasant

    "The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies – civilians and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Holy Mosque from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, ‘and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together,’ and ‘fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God. We – with God's help – call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.
    We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson." – Bin Laden

    Sure...yeah...we can definitely try to negotiate with these people.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Richard2

    Our Position: Turn over Ben Laden and you will be spared. If the Taliban had done that in 2002 they would still be in power.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Kane

    Since when do we make deals with terrorists?

    January 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jim

    You just eliminate them NO TALKING REQUIRED. Over and Out

    January 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ht123

    @Soraya Sayeed taliban will kill karzai then talk with him we need to send someone who they trust. imran khan is one of the people whom the taliban have some trust.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. ht123

    I think that its really difficult and taliban are in a dominating position, We first refuse to negotiate, kill there leaders destroy their villages and now when we are trapped, they are not going to negotiate with us with open arms. we need to understand what the want and carefully need to figure out there rights and give them to them with their land. war is not the way to solve this matter they need to negotiate and we need to give them there rightful share.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  53. lstro

    It's their country and if they believe living with the Taliban is acceptable than so be it. However, they need to understand they must obey the law of the country and if they harbor criminals (Al'Qeada) or deport drugs to other countries then they are subjecting themselves to conflict. If the past is any indication there will continue to be problems with them.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jeremy

    We have to remember that to them it is more than a war. It's a religious action (as to kill all infidels). They will agree to some terms to get us to put our guard down and then come back with a suprise attack as seen during that Christmas flight.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  55. pearl

    Yes, we should engage T because force alone will never win. This is a religion war. We should use the huge war resources to concentrate on our own welfare, to build our country.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Blake

    We are not here to determine or give judge to how brutal the Taliban are.

    Remember that the Taliban and the foreign Al'Qaeda fighters are two separate enities and we have known this sense 9-11. The captured or surrendered Taliban have even told us this during interrogations. Their camps in the mountains are segregated by the Al'Qaeda fighters and the Taliban. There idelogies and veracity is distinguishable. The rift has existed for years between the two groups, it is about time we exploit it.

    The biggest problem is our support for warlords such as General Dotsum and others which are at odds with the Taliban. Bringing everyone to the negotiations table will be the challenge.

    The Talibans are the ones who brought stability to the region after the Soviets left. Brutal, yes...but their was stability. Lets stick with hunting the Al'Qeada leaders!

    January 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Soraya Sayeed

    I think Karzia should not negociate with Taliban. They will never change. They will get the money and land and become stronger. Karzai always wants to side with drug dealers, warlords and Taliban those who brought so much missery in Afghanistan especially on women of this country.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Anna

    The problem is the Taliban represents a rigid set of thinking and social code rooted firmly in the material poverty and despotism of the area. As little as the area has to offer to the global market, globalism /is/ coming to Afghanistan, and to try and fight it there is like trying to turn back the tide by bailing it out with a spoon. Our cell phones, our infrastructure, our material goods all flood in with the western soft power they consider anathema to the values they hold dearest. Might I also point out these are the same values that keep these crazy old men in power.

    My point is with this, is that we have absolutely nothing to offer to them. We can't give them all of our fun toys without offending their cultural sensibilities. We can't, in good moral conscious, just hang out in their country while they barely scratch by a living, die without medicine, and brutally oppress their women.

    As much as we like to soliloquize about the nobility and dignity of a native culture, Sharia. Is. Evil. No amount of cultural relativism can excuse a system that so thoroughly demonizes and dehumanizes large segments of the population. It was wrong when we did it to Japanese American citizens in WWII. It was wrong when Europe did it during the Crusades. It's wrong when it goes on wherever it goes on, and even when we studiously ignore it, there's no way to sanitize our civilian outrage or the contrast of the morals in the implementation of our goods and technologies.

    The only way for them to have Sharia, is if we leave. They are the last fanatical holdouts determined to die rather than give up Sharia Law. How the hell are we supposed to negotiate around that?

    January 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  59. sandra vanderwood

    Cause enough deaths, war, destruction, and get paid for it! One billion I heard. Disgusting.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. mike

    "Coffee, tea, a nice meal," and LITERALLY pass around the pipe filled with Afghan high test and surely peace will prevail. MELLOW!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Robert Walther

    The taliban should decently surrender, be decently fed and then decently shot.
    (Apologies to Josey Wales)

    January 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Paul Petzrick

    When I hear talk of negotiating with the Taliban, I am incline to think of the images of Chamberlain stepping off the plane after negotiating with Hitler... "peace in our time!" Anyone who will take the time to look at the history of that particular region and more specifically the tribes that evolved into the Tailban would discover that what we are trying to do is use 21st century ideas of "enlightenment" to deal with a 17-18th century tribal culture (with access to 21st century weapons). I have no doubt that after a list of concessions (and payouts) we might be successful in getting the Taliban to lay low (if they were smart) long enough to pull our guys out and for all the political "experts" to declare "peace in our time" (certainly just before elections). Within a couple months after the media gets bored with filming a 17-18th century culture, the Taliban will reassert its historical greed and repression and they will be right back where they were prior to 9/11. Within a short time after that we'll also be right where we were prior to 9/11; sitting around ignorant of the danger posed by such groups until they get our attention by repeating or escalating something like the 9/11 attacks.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Shane

    The Taliban should not be negotiated with . They hey are a brutal force that diliberately displays exections of our people. To Negotiate with such a force that displays these brutal Murders would be unjust.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Brian Masters

    I think the Taliban will never give up they're conquest for power.

    Even if we were to try to negotiate, it would more than likely back-fire in America's face and further jeopardize the mission we have going on in Afghanistan (where we have soldiers).

    Being a soldier myself, I understand the reasons we're there. If you have a bunch of bullies creating havoc for another nation, isn't the proper thing to do to step in defend them from tyranny.

    America has always been about that. We don't ever stand idly by while some country wounds and abuses another nation if it is within our capability to do something about it. Just like in the case of Georgia, America has always had the trademark of standing in the gap when no other nation would do it. As Americans, we need to live by that value that sets us apart, knowing when to be cvil and when it's to pick-up our sword.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Margi in Ky

    Fanatic's cannot be negotiated with from any standpoint. When you beleive the ends justify the means then the basis for talks is done on shifting sands. They will nod and agree and then go do what they want. And what they want is for the big bad USA to be leveled.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Sweggin

    Many Americans believe, erroneously, that the Taliban and Al Qaida are one in the same. They are not. Some political and religious leaders allowed Al Qaida to take refuge there. They are culturally different and have significantly different goals. The Taliban are there and will be there long after we leave. We worked with them against the Russians, which means we can find a common ground. I think it would be best to start to negotiate with them as part of our exit strategy from Afghanistan. Otherwise, we'll be there for good.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Mike in San Antonio

    Negotiate all you want...but be prepared to bring a very large stick to the party...and are willing to use it without fail.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mark L.

    This is the most moronic idea that I have heard of since Reagan negotiated weapons for hostages with Iran. Unless this is a ploy to draw these terrorists to a table made entirely out of C-4, to be blown up once all the seats are filled, then I am 100% against this absolutely ludicrous.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Woo Lala

    If america can nuke a civilized nation like Japan, on the pretext of being at war with them, and kill many innocent lives, and that too twice, why not give these barbaric and cruel monsters ?

    January 28, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  70. Loren, Chicago

    How do you negotiate with someone whose position is fundamentally opposed to yours? The Taliban categorically rejects the principles of a democratic society and has stated on numerous occasions that it will restore Sharia and the country will be governed by the Mullahs. What they cannot do by direct force, they have shown they will do by subterfuge and terror.

    A little lesson from history. The idea of negotiating with the Taliban went under the name of appeasement and it was done thinking that the other side wanted peace. It was not about peace then, it was about power. The other side then was the Nazi Party and its leader was Adolf Hitler. His goal was the extermination of anyone who he thought was less than an Aryan. The Taliban are no different. Their goal is the extermination of anyone who is not Muslim. What can be negotiated here?

    January 28, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  71. Verner McCall

    The past and recent historical record show us that Islamic extremists will not negotiate in good faith. For the extremists, this is end of the world determination. There vision of God does not allow under any circumstances any other God of any other faith. Their goal is eventual world domination by their brand of faith. This has been the struggle essentially between western civilization since Mohamed started killing infidels. This is war and we need to treat it as such.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  72. Jorge

    Negociating with the taliban is like negotiating with the Devil: you can always count they will break the "truces" whenever they wish to and they will do just that sooner or later, when the right time comes. Men of value don't negotiate with satanist terrorist mass-murderers. Apeasing cowards do! What is the point in "negociating truces" with a group that HATES your guts just becuase you are not one of them and because you are not muslim?!? Useless dumb effort. Obama and the EU are led by a bunch of delluded fouls that lack the brains and the guts to do the right thing wich is simply do to them what they will do to us if we don't protect ourselves:WIPE THEM OUT!
    This dumb suicidal diplomatic effort shows our leaders lack the backbone to save our civilization from the never-ending jihadist and taliban agressions. It has an historical parallel with the absurd peace that Lord Chamberlain negotiated with the nazis in the 40´s!Unfortunately Obama and the EU leaders are not very good in learning from basic history lessons.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  73. Gurpreet S. Goraya

    I don't think there is any option but to enter into negotiations. We must realize that beginning a dialogue does not mean the same as entering into an irrevocable contract. If it doesn't work out, then, well, got to carry on doing what is already being done. But at least trying to reach some sort of an understanding is not a bad idea.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  74. Robert Wiley

    As having been in Afghanistan and talking with the people there on a personal level, delivering a peace with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda is nigh impossible. Taking words from a village elder i spoke with; "The Al-Qaeda and the Taliban distort the teachings and the overall message of the Qur'an, leading them into a blind rage. It's not good for anyone." Peace is going to be achieved by what is already being displayed-the wishes that the people don't want them (Taliban and Al-Qaeda) in their country anymore. American soldiers can only do so much against a foe that fights on their own soil and their own terms, it's the Afghani people who will ultimately achieve their own peace and stability.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  75. MLS

    The Taliban are a group of Islamic extremists whose sole prpose is to subjugate, convert or murder all non believers. The very idea of negotiation wth these "people" is not and should never be an option.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  76. Nasrat Rasa

    I think negotiation with those Taliban who believe on peace and talks is a good idea since it will bring peace to the region and will prevent loss of many resources the US and international community spend in Afghanistan. They should not be allowed to impose their old fashioned rule on Afghan people but could be allowed to enter politics in the country within framework of democracy and respect of human rights.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  77. YB

    Haven't we learned from the LATEST CBI bungle of (so called) teaming up with the Jordanian who would lead them to the No. 2 head of Al-Queda!!??
    These guys (the Taliban) are religious fanatics they cannot be bought Full Stop!!
    Either Karzai is 'naive' in believing this will ever work
    He is really canny in inviting the western world to work on this plan so that when it 'Fails' – he can share the blame around!!
    Instead fo this they should seriously look at the Terrorist Rehab plan being run by S.Arabia which is much miore than simply throwing money!
    Good luck!

    January 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Jagjit Singh Mukandpuri

    First we trained Taliban to over through USSR. Now we are training Afgan Army to through Taliban. After that what we will do? We must have some bussines otherwise we will be unemployed. For GOD sake find political solution of this drama which we are playing from the last thirty years or more. Negotiate with Taliban people who want to talk and give political power to Afgan people. Afgan nation can die for self respect. We should learn lesson from the past history. Lakhs innocent people have been killed by Nato forces or by Taliban suicider bombers. What is the fault of those innocent people. All lives are equaly costly, If negotiations are possible between IRA and Great Britane and PLO and Israel, Why it is not possible with Taliban. Thanks.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ur momma

      man stfu

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  79. Vlad

    I think whether we decide to negotiate or not does not matter. What does matter is that the Taliban will never agree to negotiate with occupying powers. The only way to solve the problem is just to leave them alone. Who will rule Afghanistan – Karzai or the Taliban – is exclusively a matter of their domestic concern.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Joyce

    The negotiation Karzai is pushing for is nothing more than another shakedown of the US and NATO. Having the Taliban around is good business for him and the Tribal leaders of both Afghanistan and Pakistan. I have read that the "negotiation" is a payoff for the low ranking soldiers and huge payoffs for the leaders including homes. The total cost will be a billion or so. It is simply a lot cheaper to bribe them than to fight them. Yemen is proposing the same thing too. Meanwhile the US will continue with direct aid for building a sustainable infrastructure, and continue building up Karzai's army. Next it will be Somalia, Mauritania, Ethiopia and so on. The US Defense Industry will continue to make billions. They love AlQuida too. I feel ashamed to be so cynical. Wail I forgot about Gaza.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Rebecca

    I think negotiations with the Taliban would be futile, especially since the Taliban does not want foreign influence and they don't like change. How can you reason with an anti-western, radical fundamental Islamic group that supports Al Qaeda's jihad efforts? There seems to be no common ground between the west and the Taliban. If the Taliban (even lower level leaders) are brought into the political and social fabric of Afghanistan, that country would wind up with an even more oppressive government. I don't think peace will ever be met with the Taliban without first adopting their twisted take on Islam. Because of stuff like this (and other religion-rooted conflicts like the Crusades) is why i agree with the late George Carlin,"religion is b.s.". The world would be a better place if people kept their faith to themselves!

    January 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  82. ron

    Negotiate???? That is the most ludicrous idea I think I have ever heard .. These guys are nut jobs and need to be eradicated - not negotiated - they do not represent Islam, only themselves!!

    January 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Masood

    There has been billions of dollars spent on Afghanistan since 9/11 and still there is no sign of peace. The truth is that all afghans are suffering until now because of the corrupted government. Changes in the government will bring peace to afghanistan. Talibans are still in afghanistan only because the government wants them to be. Karzai is a weak leader for a country like afghanistan.

    January 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  84. rajjab al ghashiyah

    There is no negotiation with the talibans you should accept that even they dont got chemical weapons tanks and planes they are always wining when i say they i mean real muslims those who won u.s in somalia,iraq,afghanistan also forget this peace dealinga there is no more peace dealing there is only one rule or Islam or Islam be ready to lose loosers

    January 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Rick McDaniel

    You cannot negotiate with religious extremism. They simply will not yield at all.

    The only solution is to eliminate the Taliban, from existence.

    January 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Morteza Omari

    Judging from the replies on here, I know it's safe to say that as the only afghan who has replied on this topic so far, we definately want to have the afghan government sit down and talk with the taliban. As a matter of fact, they should be involved in the political process and be allowed to acquire power through the ballot if a certain segment of afghan society favors it. It is far better than having them banned and cause more violence and strife!

    January 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Ryan

    From what I've read its not really about negotiating w/ the "Taliban" per sai. Its more about trying to pull the foot soliders away that aren't in it for religious reasons and maybe pull some of the "freedom fighters" away as well and in doing so they take away the soliders of the extremists.

    Its not really about trying to negotiate w/ the extremists themselves. Its about trying to take away the people they munipulate and hide behind.

    January 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  88. maggie

    The Taliban has been violating the human rights of half their population since they took power. Afghan women and girls have been treated like garbage. No negotiation is possible with people who treat anyone like this.

    January 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Michael Bragg

    If it could be as simple as conversation with tea and coffe it would have already happened. Extremists who willingly kill women, children or anybody who doesn’t agree with them are unlikely to agree to negotiations.

    January 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Enver Khorasanee

    America is training a new set of Afghanis to beat the Afghanis they trained so well that they gave the Russians a good spanking. Why not call back those same guys America trained so well and make them a part of the Afghan Army?

    Or is my reasoning off somewhere?

    Enver Khorasanee

    January 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Chris

    You can not negotiate with someone who will cut your head off without blinking. Someone who is so radical that he will blow himself up to kill a bunch of innocent people. Someone so thick-headed that it is either conform or be killed.

    Sorry, not going to happen.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  92. miki

    You can not negotiate with people who force their beliefs on others with bombs and down the barrels of guns! Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle-East will never be enough for them. They seek to spread their insanity and enforce their sharia law all over the world.
    Already in England they've assembled in the streets describing how they will convert the palace into a mosque. They are coming, and they intend to force our conversion at gun point. These are not normal people with whom you can talk and negotiate. Most Arabic friends I know, who were born and raised in Moslem homes DO NOT want to live by the laws these nuts want to pass. Mom told us everything we needed to know before we went to kindergarden: if it looks and sounds like a rattlesnake...it IS a rattlesnake....take your eyes off it for one minute and you will get bitten.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Abdulameer

    The essence of the Taliban is total dedication to establishing Sharia law as the law of the land. They will never back down from this. What is there to negotiate about?

    January 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Daniel

    You can’t really negotiate nor reason with fanatics. The best you can hope for is a short respite in hostilities.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Steve

    After having my family killed in 9/11 and many of my friends risking their lives in the middle east...Do I agree to "talks" with the Taliban? NO!!! Its their contry, their culture, their future so let it be contucted by them! Security? Well, lets bring all those troops to airports and borders....and lets see if more illigal immigrants will come!. Let them decide their future!! I'm sick on seen our government stepping in for others'! i.e. France ban on Burkas...well is France!! its not French culture so lets respect this!C'mon people!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  96. gymgal

    No negotiation should be done. The Pakistani government negotiated a deal in the Swat Valley last summer with the Taliban. We all know how long THAT lasted....3 days....and then the Taliban were back to their old tricks. They are allowed to lie if it furthers their jihad, especially if they are lying to infidels. It's called taqqiya, look it up.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Damien

    There can be no serious negotiations with the Taliban. They are committed to their warped ideology and will go to any lengths to enforce it. The Afghan people have to be courageous and stand up and decide how they will live their lives. If they truly want to be governed by the Taliban, there is very little we can do about it. But the West does not have to like it or even tolerate it. If the Taliban and their ilk try to dictate to us how we should live or interfere with our way of life, then we need to confront them with every means at our diposal up to and including annihilating them.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Melanie

    I believe the Afghani Taliban are a rare group that can be negotiated with. Both sides should sit down, have a healthy meal with good tea and coffee, show respect in speech and actions, and the results will be a miracle.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  99. copper2

    When the Taliban are welcomed back into Afghanistan they will be given an area where they can instill Sharia Law. Once established they will kill off any opposition leadership and take over by force. Over time they will enforce Sharia Law to the fullest and the country will slide back into the middle ages. The people of Afghanistan themselves will have to rise up and eliminate the Taliban if they are ever to be free.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  100. richard

    If you negotiate with the Taliban they will seem to settle on getting as much as they can get, and later try to take the rest, they will never really settle. Eliminate the Taliban leadership and negotiate from that point. The only way to effectively negotiate with the Taliban to treat them the way they treat others...mercilessly. The Taliban leadership must be eliminated, let them initiate negotiations, and temper their stance on Sharia Law, rewrite it to fit new ideas. The younger Taliban may be more tolerant though I doubt it.

    Why do they subjugate their women to second or third class citizenship? If muslims want to submit themselves to Sharia Laws, let it be their choice, not have someone who is living in the past force it upon them. This indiscrimate killing of civilians shows they have no respect for god given life. It is only a means to terrorize the people to give in their demands for Sharia Law.

    The Taliban leaders should strive to work with the government to provide a good life to their people. Build reservoirs to provide water for farms, electricity, people, and animals. Improve sewage facilities, which could be used to improve farming. Develop natural resources, providing jobs, and improving economy. The people might actually want to follow them then.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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