A couple of weeks back we asked you if you think the U.S. should talk to the Taliban. This followed reports that American diplomats held direct talks with Taliban members, marking the first face-to-face peace effort since President Trump gave the nod for such negotiations on July 15.
Although the talks were not confirmed by the State Department, Taliban officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed talks were held in Doha, Qatar and termed them “friendly” and “positive.”
The Taliban has consistently insisted that as long as American troops are in Afghanistan, negotiations with the U.S. are a precondition for peace talks with the Afghan government. Despite the talks, which the Taliban called “a series of meetings for initiating formal and purposeful talks,” the U.S. maintains any peace negotiations must be made between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
Our poll showed Clarion subscribers are divided on this issue though a majority prefer there be no talks:
Should the U.S. hold direct talks with the Taliban?
As usual with our polls, we also invited your comments on this issue. Here’s just a small sample of responses:
There is no negotiating with the Taliban, and there will be no peace with such an organization.
Cannot negotiate anything with someone who’s mission it is to destroy you.
The war in Afghanistan is lost, NOBODY can hold on to the place and the US must accept this. Their mere presence is a reason that the Taliban…keep up their attacks. The American politicians and generals are lying through their teeth when they say that they are winning. Time to talk and GET OUT!
Their words are worth nothing…it’s a traditional Afghan warlord tradition to change alliance just like we change shirts!
Conversation is not a sign of weakness you can pull a trigger any time. Even while you are talking. However, if there is never a conversation then war continues until everyone is dead.
Taliban and Pakistan should be dealt with like the enemies they are.
Initial direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban can get the process started but ultimately the Afghan government must be allowed in because it is their future that is being decided.
Why not? Costs nothing to talk to anyone, and who knows between them they might come up with an idea. It is ALWAYS good to negotiate with enemies, if it fails so what.
Not until the Taliban agrees to stop terrorizing U.S. citizens. It should not be acknowledged as a legitimate group until then.