The Taliban aided and abetted those who murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11. They have tried to overthrow the Pakistani government, and that would give Al Queda access to nuclear weapons. They have repeatedly defended their alliance with Osama bin Ladin and the leaders of the Taliban have refused to break their ties with Al Qaeda.
Cutting a deal with the Taliban would mean turning our backs on freedom for women who were tortured and had acid thrown on their faces because they dared to want an education and make something of their lives rather than be forced into marriage with a man three times their age before they reached their teens.
I am sick of people referring to the war in Afghanistan as a war George Bush started. We were attacked by a group of psychopaths on 9/11 for no reason whatosever. Before 9/11 Al Qaeda bombed three of our embassies in Africa and murdered three hundred people, bombed the USS Cole, murdered twenty of our soliders and killed our soldiers in Somalia. These people glorify in the murder of innocents, including innocent Muslims who do not agree with their insane views of Islam. If we cut and run now we will most assuredly be hit again in the future, and the next time will be with a weapon of mass destruction.
If this were 1938, the left wing in America would be demanding we not get involved and that we should negotiate with Hitler and his murderous regime. Evil exists, and it must be defeated. History has shown that when we look the other way or try and negotiate with murderers all we end up doing is making things much, much worse, for free people everywhere in the future.
If we are not willing to pay the price now for ridding the world of people bent on our destruction, we will pay a far, far greater price in the future and the 3,000 people we lost on 9/11 will pale in comparison to the numbers of innocent men, women and children we will lose the next time.
You cannot negotiate with people who will only accept your surrender or your death. We must defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda now. If America does not stand tall in the battle against evil, no other country will.
Mark Jeffery Koch
Cherry Hill, NJ
Oct 8 2009 - 7:38am