Can Taliban Members Fight Taliban

The Afghanistan parliament has once again turned down several proposed members of the Karzai Cabinet on grounds too many were incompetent or corrupt. Richard Holbrooke, the president’s man in Afghanistan, believes the situation in Afghanistan can be dealt with using another strategy. He is advocating urging members of the Taliban to desert their groups and become integrated within Afghanistan society. According to Holbrooke, “the majority of people fighting with the Taliban are not supporters of (Taliban leader) Mullah Omar” so it is possible to persuade them with offers of jobs or economic assistance to join Afghan society.

Given the inept government of President Karzai, the Holbrooke approach makes more sense. There is scant likelihood that Karzai can put together a government that will be successful in defeating the Taliban. Therefore it makes more sense to have the Taliban defeat itself.