On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday that commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael, my colleague Ahmad Majidyar pointed me to this statement he translated from a Taliban website:
For the past ten years, our brave Mujahedeen have been engaged in jhad against a brutal and invading enemy for a noble cause, and are rendering sacrifices on a daily basis. And with God’s help, they have pushed the wealthiest and most arrogant power of the world to the brink of collapse. They have killed and wounded thousands of their troops and inflicted permanent disabilities and mental disorders on many others.
As a result, their people have risen up, are protesting, and the American and Western nations are no longer ready to extend the Afghanistan war and see their soldiers return in coffins. It is only God’s Almighty’s grace and mercy that He chose us to serve this nation and the Islamic community at this determining and sensitive juncture and defeated the greatest enemy of Islam by our hands.
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton may believe they are pursuing “smart diplomacy.” But, when it comes to negotiating with the Taliban, we’ve been down this road before, and it led directly to 9/11. Between the peace talks and the deadlines, Mullah Omar believes the Taliban is on the verge of a great victory. Frankly, ordinary Afghans, not to mention the Iranians, Pakistanis, and Chinese agree. Perhaps Obama and Clinton believe their own spin. If so, they may be the last two on earth who do.