Negotiate with Whom?The news media are fond of calling the remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan "lawless regions". They're mistaken. There's law there. It's provided by the Taliban. It's twisted, perverse, tyrannical, vicious, and arbitrary, but it's law.
KABUL — A Taliban firing squad killed a young couple in southwestern Afghanistan for trying to elope, shooting them with AK-47s in front of a crowd in a lawless, militant-controlled region, officials said Tuesday.So by lawless, they mean that this part of the world isn't run by laws of government, rather by the law of the jungle.
The woman, 19-year-old Gul Pecha, and the man, 21-year-old Abdul Aziz, were accused by the militants of immoral acts, and a council of conservative clerics decided that the two should be killed, officials said.
The two had hoped to travel to Iran, which borders their home province of Nimroz, but their parents sent villagers to bring them home, said Sadiq Chakhansori, the chief of the provincial council. Once back home, the pair was either turned over to the Taliban by their parents or the militants took them by force, the officials said, providing slightly varying accounts.
Riflemen in the remote district of Khash Rod shot them Monday, said Chakhansori.
But The Obama and his administration want to reach out and negotiate with the - ahem - moderate elements of the Taliban - who are The Law in this region. Am I dense because I think that there is no negotiating with these people? Do I just not understand the political genius of The Obama? Am I the one who's insane? In a way, I hope so. Otherwise, we're in for a rough for years if our president really thinks he can compromise with people like this.