Zalmay Vs. Zalmay

by Joshua Foust on 3/30/2011 · 3 comments

It is time for the United States to re-engage…

The Taliban does not practice the anti-U.S. style of fundamentalism practiced by Iran — it is closer to the Saudi model. The group upholds a mix of traditional Pashtun values and an orthodox interpretation of Islam…

[W]e should use as a positive incentive the benefits that will accrue to Afghanistan from the construction of oil and gas pipelines across its territory … These projects will only go forward if Afghanistan has a single authoritative government.”

—Zalmay Khalilzad, “Afghanistan: Time to Reengage,” The Washington Post, 07 October 1996, A21.

A return of the Taliban regime will not be acceptable for Afghans and the international community.

“I don’t think anyone could convince the Afghan people and the world about a return of the Taliban-like regime.”

—Zalmay Khalilzad, interviewed by Mujahid Kakar, TOLO News, March 30, 2011. He emphasised that the Taliban should accept the Afghan constitution, renounce violence and cut all ties with the al-Qaeda as a precondition for peace.

Fascinating to see how things change so much, especially now that Zalmay is no longer an executive with an oil company trying to build a pipeline across his country.

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Boris Sizemore March 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Brilliant—Can we get a “Spy vs Spy” type cartoon for this?

Amazing—Khalizad is part and parcel of so much of the problem we have had with the Afghans. He is a mistake walking.

My congratulations at finding the quote. Khalizad is ground zero. Khalizad is the snake above all snakes and makes cream puffs like Max Boot seem so very angelic.

Thank You.

Khalil Nouri March 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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