John Bew

We should talk to the Taliban only from a position of strength not weakness

David Miliband has become the latest to suggest that the Coalition must talk to sections of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The foreign secretary said it was necessary to build “an inclusive political settlement” which included former insurgents who could be persuaded to renounce violence. And he made an increasingly familiar distinction between ”hard-line ideologues”/jihadists and more moderate groups who are currently involved in the insurgency, but who could be ‘drawn into a political process’.

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