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.
If you can't beat 'em... pay 'em?
Fund established to re-integrate Taliban fighters