More proof that the United States does not understand that negotiating with the enemy, specifically the Muslim enemy, is a fruitless endeavor. There are apparently plans for the insurgent Taliban to open an embassy far from Afghanistan in Qatar, a prelude to peace talks, according to Wired's Danger Room. How can anyone think this is a good idea? The U.S. government not only approved of the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, they insisted. Just call it a peace offering from the U.S. to the Taliban in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Go back in time ten years and compare the differences in how the George W. Bush administration dealt with the enemy after the September 11, 2001 attacks on America and how the Barack Hussein Obama administration has dealt with them since 2008. Also let's go back prior to 9/11 and make some comparisons.
It seems that the Taliban has not had any official diplomatic representation for 10 years and their new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan should be open by the end of this year, 2011. It will be just one of many embassies in Doha Qatar.
On the eve of the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Secretary of State Colin Powell instructed his ambassador in Islamabad, Wendy Chamberlin, to get a message to [Mullah] Omar through Pakistani intermediaries. It was neither a lengthy nor complicated communication. Nor was it an invitation to further dialogue.
“It is in your interest and in the interest of your survival to hand over all al-Qaida leaders, to close the terrorists’ camps and allow the U.S. access to terrorist facilities,” reads Powell’s message, prompted by suspicions of a 9/11 follow-up attack and unearthed by the National Security Archive. “We will hold leaders of the Taliban personally responsible for any such actions. Every pillar of the Taliban regime will be destroyed.” (Photo: ISAF, Danger Room)
Because now there’s a new U.S. message: negotiations. About two weeks ago, Omar put out a message gesturing toward negotiating an end to the war with the United States, which happens to be the position embraced by President Obama. Now, with the approval of Washington, the Taliban is opening a quasi-embassy in Qatar, so the talks have an address...(Danger Room)
This idea of getting the Taliban leadership out of Afghanistan (and Pakistan) to a lovely new headquarters for more negotiations with the United States should be ringing alarm bells across the Western world.
Negotiation with the Taliban isn't new, under the Obama administration several attempts have been made in person with those directly under Mullah Omar and indirectly with Omar himself. None have accomplished anything good. The Taliban continue to attack and kill Americans. Remember, lying to an enemy is standard operating procedure for Islamists.
The initiative follows more than a year of informal stop-start talks between Western diplomats and a senior representative of the Taliban, Tayyab Agha, at the home of a former Taliban diplomat in Qatar.
Abdul Hakim Mujahid, the former Taliban ambassador to Islamabad and one-time envoy to the UN in New York, said Mr Agha was negotiating with the personal authority of the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. (The Australian)
Who will be paying for the travels and the new embassy for the Taliban? I cannot find out any information on that. Referring to this new building as an embassy is a disgrace, but what else should we call it? Perhaps a new base of operations? The entire idea of it is a disgrace.
This new embassy would be a perfect place for fundraising, terror plotting, recruiting, training. Wow, what a great idea -- for the enemy. But we're assured that won't happen.
Why should anyone be surprised at this idea of an embassy for the Taliban in Doha Qatar, when again and again since 9/11, the U.S. Government has engaged in "outreach" with Islamic supremacists and jihadists.
When President Obama hosted his annual iftar dinner in August to commemorate Ramadan, the list of invitees published by the White House was curiously missing the names of several attendees — all of whom are top leaders of organizations known to be purveyors of jihadist ideology. But it was not like they had crashed the party. One of the unlisted, Mohamed Magid, head of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of North America, was photographed by Reuters sitting at the front table only a few feet from the president as he spoke.
This was just the most recent episode in the federal government’s disastrous attempts at outreach to the Muslim community since the 9/11 attacks. With the release of President Obama’s new strategic plan to combat “violent extremism” by expanding outreach to these same terror-tied groups, the present administration seems intent on compounding the problems wrought by its predecessors.
Misguided outreach activities began long before 9/11, with the best example being the case of Abdurahman Alamoudi.
Alamoudi was the conduit through which much of the U.S. government’s outreach was pursued following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Not only was he asked by the Clinton administration to help train and certify all Muslim military chaplains, his organization being the first to do so, but he also was appointed by the State Department in 1997 as a goodwill ambassador to the Middle East, making six taxpayer-funded trips. It is fair to say that during this period, Alamoudi was the most prominent and politically connected Muslim leader in America.
As we now know, Alamoudi was indicted in October 2003 for moving money on behalf of Libyan intelligence in an assassination plot targeting Saudi Prince (now King) Abdullah. The U.S. government has admitted that at the time he was being courted by Democrats and Republicans alike, he was a major fundraiser for al-Qaeda....