Raymond Johansen, Norway’s Foreign Minister, has urged his nation to explore the possibility of entering into a dialogue with Osama bin Laden. “You don’t make peace with your friends, but with your enemies.” he noted. He pointed out that President Karzai of Afghanistan had also called for reconciliation among various groups fighting in his nation. Johansen emphasized that negotiation are not a sign of weakness but of strength. His comments came in the wake of a visit to Afghanistan by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey who is advocating discussions with Taliban leaders. The Swiss Foreign Minister noted that her nation does not have any troops fighting in Afghanistan which makes it logical for it to raise the issue of negotiation.
Despite being willing to have discussions with Osama bin Laden, the Norwegian Foreign Minister has no illusions they would ever occur because the terrorist leader would “prefer rather to take the lives of infidels.” Johansen most probably is correct, but, then again, there is nothing to lose by trying to have discussions.