Former US commander of our forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, said that in a ninety day period this past summer that special forces captured or killed 365 high and middle ranking Taliban forces, captured 1,354 and killed 1,031 rank and file members of the Taliban.
From these figures, one would tend to believe that considerable damage has been done to the Taliban efforts in general. If you thought that way, then you may be shocked to hear that the Taliban appears to be preparing to open an office in the tiny nation of Qatar.
Qatar consists of a peninsula about the twice the size of Delaware that juts off the Saudi Arabian coast into the Persian Gulf. It is one of the wealthiest nations per capita in the world as they sit on one of the richest oil reserves in the world.
The tiny nation has been ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s. Even though they were once a British protectorate, the Al Thani clan has ruled as an absolute monarchy and strict Muslim rule.
I have yet to figure out what Qatar or the Al Thani hope to gain by allowing the Taliban to open a political office in their nation, but many in the area have been hailing the move as a step forward in the Middle East peace talks. Advocates for the office claim that the establishment of an office will allow for improved communications between the world and the Taliban leadership, and thus hopefully legitimizing the terrorist organization.
I don’t see any difference between the Taliban setting up a political office in Qatar, in an effort to help make them seem more legitimate, than to the Mexican drug cartel doing the same thing in Washington DC. After all, in the case of the Taliban and Qatar, there could be a shared Muslim friendship and in the case of the case of the Mexican drug cartel and Washington DC, there is also a friendship base in the person of Eric Holder.