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UN Wants Negotiations with Mullah Omar

11:59 AM, Aug 3, 2009 • By BILL ROGGIO
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If you thought the Brits were going soft on Afghanistan, the UN has one-upped them by demanding direct negotiations with the senior most leaders of the Taliban, including, presumably, Mullah Omar himself. The Brits have also been aggressively pushing for negotiations with the Taliban, but last weekend, the UN's special representative to Afghanistan blasted the Brits for being too hard line.

"If you want important results you need to talk to people who are important," said Kai Eide, the special representative for the UN secretary-general, in an interview with The Sunday Times.

"We won't get where we want by negotiating with local commanders on the ground. That's an inadequate peace process and that won't work."

In a speech at Nato headquarters in Brussels, Miliband said military commanders should work with the Afghan government "to separate hardline idealogues who are essentially irreconcilable and violent from those who can be drawn into a domestic political process".

Many believe there is no real point in negotiating with anyone other than Mullah Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader, and his ruling council, the Quetta shura.

"If you engage partially you will have partial results. We have to have a political process that is all-inclusive. That's the only way to bring this conflict to an end," said Eide.

To be clear, Eide believes we can negotiate with the likes of Mullah Omar, who chose to sacrifice his ideal Islamist emirate in late 2001 rather than hand over Osama bin Laden. What does he think would happen if, by some chance, Omar decided to negotiate, accepted an agreement, and bided his time until foreign forces left? Does he really think Omar, whose regime allowed al Qaeda to thrive and plot and execute the September 11 attacks, will give up his alliance with the terror group? Or is the goal just as Eide said, to "bring this conflict to an end" -- no matter what?