Afghanistan: Government says Taliban may participate in the presidential elections if it agrees to peace talks

Fools. The Taliban will never make peace in Afghanistan unless it has the upper hand. It will never stop fighting until Afghanistan is a Sharia state. It will use these peace talks to wring concessions from the government, the way the “Palestinians” use peace talks with Israel.

No, this does not mean we should stay ever longer in that endless quagmire. There has to be a better way.

“Afghanistan, the Taliban ‘may participate’ in the presidential elections,” Asia News,

Kabul (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The Taliban can participate in the presidential elections if they agree to sit down at the peace table with the Kabul government and end the 18-year war. This was stated by the spokesman of Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Republic, stressing that “the doors are open whenever they want to come to discuss with an Afghan government and take part in the democratic and national stage”.

Elections to choose the new president will take place on September 28th. The election campaign will officially begin in two days and there are currently 18 candidates (all men), including the current head of state Ashraf Ghani and a former warlord.

The Taliban have long wanted to sit in government positions, but they refuse to present themselves at the negotiating table with the Afghan government, which they consider a “puppet” in Washington’s hands.

For these reasons, the agreement reached in Doha, Qatar, between government representatives, activists and women on the one hand and members of the militant groups on the other, seemed to indicate a turning point. But the episodes of violence that occurred in the following days suggested the floundering of the historic agreement,which established a “road map for peace” with the goal of “zero civilian casualties”.

Meanwhile, in the same hours that the Afghan government announced the opening towards the Taliban, bombs exploded in three other cities of the country, causing in total more than 50 deaths, of which 10 in the capital….

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