President Karzai promises security if Taliban leader agrees to peace talks
Sun., Nov. 16, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered Sunday to provide security for the Taliban's reclusive leader if he agrees to enter peace talks, and suggested that the U.S. and other Western nations could leave the country or oust him if they disagree.
"If I say I want protection for Mullah Omar, the international community has two choices, remove me or leave if they disagree," Karzai said in an hourlong news conference in Kabul.
"THE PRESIDENT: They will try to hide, they will try to avoid the United States and our allies - but we're not going to let them. They run to the hills; they find holes to get in. And we will do whatever it takes to smoke them out and get them running, and we'll get them."... followed by:
[President Urges Readiness and Patience, Remarks by the President, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft; Camp David; Thurmont, Maryland; 15 Sep 2001]
[Mullah] Omar: I am considering two promises. One is the promise of God, the other is that of Bush. The promise of God is that my land is vast. If you start a journey on God's path, you can reside anywhere on this earth and will be protected... The promise of Bush is that there is no place on earth where you can hide that I cannot find you. We will see which one of these two promises is fulfilled."Looks like Karzai is casting his lot with Mullah Omar.
[Mullah Omar - in his own words, The Guardian, Wednesday September 26 2001]
What will W do?
I'm inclined to add, "Who cares?"... but W does have 60+ days left!
... and, recall:
"... And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."Will W conclude that Afghan President Karzai has aligned himself with terrorists?
[President George W. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, 20 Sep 2001]