US-Afghanistan Charge Pakistan Appeasement

The Afghanistan and American governments have sharply condemned efforts by the new govrnment of Pakistan to reach agreements with Taliban forces in the northwest regions. Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta said bluntly: “Anyone thinking that they are able to reach peace in the region through what we call an appeasement policy–we consider it is a wrong and dangerous policy.” In Washington, the State Department raised questions about the new Pakistan effort for peace. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told a Senate committee: “The media has reported that the government of Pakistan has been exploring peace agreements with certain groups in trrbal areas. Given past failures, we have raised our concerns about these negotiations with Pakistani leaders.” The United States has made clear its opposition to these peace thrusts.

Perhaps, if the Afghanistan government and the United States government had a track record of being able to offer a logical and successful program for peace in the Middle East and Asia, it might compel Pakistan leaders to reflect on their actions. The Bush policy of non-negotiation has proven disastrous and the proof is the ever increasing incidents of terrorism and the growth in power of groups like Hizbullah and Hamas. On one hand, Bush mocks Senator Obama for seeking to hold talks with terrorist nations, on the other hand, he supports Israel peace negotiations with Syria.

The only logical conclusion is George Bush wants to control who speaks with whom and he alone will decide if it is appropriate to hold talks with terrorist nations.