Friday, February 5, 2010

Buying Loyalty is for Suckers

Recent reports of NATO buying the loyalty of "low ranking" Taliban fighters is the saddest thing I have ever heard in my life. What would make anyone think that they will be swayed from their ideology of death by a few measly dollars when they know for a fact that NATO will be withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2011? This especially sickening in light of recent news of a live burial, honour killing in Turkey.

"Girl buried alive in honour killing in Turkey: Report," from AFP, February 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):

ANKARA - A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in a gruesome honour killing just because she reportedly befriended boys, the Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, police discovered Medine Memi's body in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre-deep hole in a chicken pen outside her house in Kahta town, Adiyaman province, 40 days after she went missing, the agency said.

A subsequent post mortem revealed that she had a significant amount of soil in her lungs and stomach, meaning that she was buried alive, foresic experts told the agency.

"The autopsy result is blood-curdling. According to our findings, the girl -- who had no bruises on her body and no sign of narcotics or poison in her blood -- was alive and fully conscious when she was buried," one anonymous expert said.

NATO Chief: Yes, we're paying the Taliban, but no, we're not bribing them
They're not bribes, see, because they don't call them bribes. Dhimmitude from NATO: "NATO Chief: No Plan to 'Bribe' Taliban," from AP, February 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):

ISTANBUL (AP) -- NATO does not intend to bribe Taliban guerrillas to defect to the Afghan government side as a way to end the war, alliance Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday, dismissing concerns over the latest plan to end the country's growing insurgency....
On Wednesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Saudi Arabia, hoping the kingdom would help persuade Taliban militants to take part in a negotiated settlement to the war. Saudi Arabia has a unique relationship with the Taliban since it was one of the few countries to recognize its regime in Afghanistan before it was ousted in 2001.

Yeah, that's gonna work. Anyway, here are the Bribes-By-Another-Name:

In a post on the alliance's Web site ahead of a two-day meeting of NATO defense ministers in Istanbul to open Thursday evening, Fogh Rasmussen said a new $140 million trust fund would offer insurgents an alternative to remaining with the Taliban.
But no, these aren't bribes! Fogh Rasmussen explains why not:

''Much attention is on the new reconciliation and reintegration effort initiated by the Afghan government. Questions were raised if we are bribing the Taliban just to get peace,'' he said. ''I understand why this is a sensitive issue for many.''
He said many rank-and-file insurgents were not fighting against the government and international troops for religious and ideological reasons.

''They fight for the Taliban for small amounts of money to simply make a living or for other grievances,'' he said. ''What is on offer to them is the chance of a new life.''...

Oh, well, then, they're not bribes!

Critics have noted that plans to persuade the Taliban to switch sides have existed for years, but these have generally been ineffective, attracting only the lowest-level fighters with no guarantees they wouldn't return to the insurgency.
And despite those incentives, the insurgency has expanded steadily. In 2004, NATO estimated that fewer than 400 Taliban were left in Afghanistan. By last year, that figure had grown to about 25,000, with the latest estimates in early 2010 raising that number to nearly 30,000....

Thanks to Jihad Watch

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