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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Behind and Between the Lines

The most immediately striking thing about Barack Obama’s appearance today with the nominal leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan was his deliberate singling out of Al Qaeda and no mention of the Taliban, at least by name. Yet the US continues to fight Taliban and Taliban-allied militias in Afghanistan, while the insurgents that the mainstream press has depicted as some kind of yellow horde, or infidels at the gates of Vienna, now reportedly “just sixty miles” from Islamabad, also call themselves the Taliban.

If precedents and personalities give us anything to go on, we can only suspect that a whole lot of deals are in the process of being cut.


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