If you can’t beat ’em… pay ’em?

Fund established to re-integrate Taliban fighters


It would seem that some politicians have come to the realization that guns and bombs are not enough to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan, and that a new tactic is needed to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Thursday that a new international fund is to be established to reintegrate Taliban fighters back into Afghan society, and to offer them an economic incentive to abandon terrorism. Brown also said that any insurgents who refused the terms of reintegration would continue to be pursued militarily. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he supports the idea, and hopes it can help to bring in “disenchanted” citizens.

CBC News

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If you can’t beat ’em… pay ’em?

  1. I agree completely. Just as long as we're not paying ransoms or negotiating with terrorists. Oh wait……I guess we are.

    I wonder when they'll say "ok that's enough you can stop paying?".

    • Succinctely said, Bob !

  2. There have been a number of hare-brained ideas proposed over the years, but this one beats them all !! It would reduce the Afghan participants to what here we call whores, gold-diggers etc.! While bribes are part of life in Afghanistan, betraying your countrymen, [there will be interviews by Western intelligence services] is another matter altogether. Not to speak of the very likely retaliation.The Afghans consider themselves under occupation;-no matter what the " King of Kabul " says, and the Taliban can be considered in the same role as the "Resistance" in occupied France in the Second World War. How many Resistance fighters were the Nazis able to buy? The Americans are known to " have all the friends money can buy" but I doubt very much this will work in Afghanistan.

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