“They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them. This is a lunatic idea.” Uh, yeah.
“Taliban say U.S. reconciliation offer ‘lunatic,'” by Sayed Salahuddin for Reuters, April 1 (thanks to Abandoned):
KABUL (Reuters) — Taliban insurgents rejected on Wednesday a U.S. offer of “honorable reconciliation” as a “lunatic idea” and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan….
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an international conference on Afghanistan on Tuesday that those members of the Taliban who abandoned extremism must be granted an “honorable form of reconciliation.”
“This matter was also raised in the past,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, referring to comments by Obama last month who spoke of reaching out to moderate Taliban.
“They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them. This is a lunatic idea,” Mujahid said by telephone from an unknown location.
The 21,000 extra U.S. troops ordered by Obama to join the 70,000 foreign soldiers now fighting insurgents in Afghanistan showed the United States wanted the war to continue, Mujahid said, and the Taliban would keep fighting till they left.
“There is no other way. We want our freedom and respect for our independence,” Mujahid said….