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US to Pay Taliban Fighters to 'Lay Down Their Arms'

By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org Updated 28 Jan 2010

The Taliban Stimulus. I've covered a lot of BULLSH*T since Coup 2000, but this takes the cake bakery.

'Even those who took part in attacks involving the deaths of British or US soldiers would be rehabilitated.' The new Afghan plan: buy off Taliban --Leaders back multimillion-pound fund and consider an olive branch for leadership 28 Jan 2010 Britain and the US are backing a new strategy to buy off "soft" supporters of the Taliban in a radical attempt to end nine years of war in Afghanistan. The plan, to be approved at a 60-nation conference in London today, comes amid unexpected signs of growing political support for the equally high-risk idea of talks leading to a political settlement with the Taliban leadership. The multimillion-pound "peace and reintegration" [aka Stimulus] fund would seek to lure low ranking Taliban fighters, who join out of poverty rather than ideology, by giving them jobs, schooling or land for farming. An effective amnesty for these men, now believed to make up 75 per cent of the insurgency's ranks, means that even those who took part in attacks involving the deaths of British or US soldiers would be rehabilitated.

'The proposals will require huge amounts of money to pay for new jobs, pensions, land and even fund the relocation of senior militants abroad.' Nato says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay off Taliban --The Nato Secretary General has said the London Conference on Afghanistan will be used to raise millions of pounds to pay off bribe the Taliban leadership. 26 Jan 2010 Anders Fogh Rasmussen said it was necessary to "establish a trust to finance the reintegration programme" that would persuade the militants to lay down their weapons. The Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who will pledge to tackle government corruption [LOL!], will present a plan to reconcile senior Taliban leaders at tomorrow's meeting. But the proposals will require huge amounts of money to pay for new jobs, pensions, land and even fund the relocation of senior militants abroad. [The GOP is thrilled. They're thinking: Thank *God* the money won't be spent on jobs and pensions (or health care) in the US! This way, many of the Taliban can take the $$$ and raise arms against the US invaders, and the war can continue for eons! Think of how much Blackwater and DynCorp can make! --LRP]

Karzai to pay Taliban to lay down their arms 22 Jan 2010 Afghan President Hamid Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan Friday to offer money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms in an effort to quell a crippling insurgency. His comments to the BBC came as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates described the Taliban as part of Afghanistan's "political fabric", but said any future role would depend on insurgents laying down their weapons. Karzai's plan echoed similar proposals by Washington to try and bring low and mid-level extremists back into mainstream society, but the leadership of Islamist insurgent groups remain hostile to negotiations. Militants led by the Taliban movement have been waging an increasingly deadly rebellion against the Afghan government and foreign troops since a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime from power in late 2001.

'Further incentives could include pensions for older fighters and allotments of land.' Taliban leaders 'offered asylum' under London peace plan 20 Jan 2010 Taliban leaders could be offered exile abroad and have their names deleted from a UN sanctions blacklist as part of a peace plan for Afghanistan to be unveiled in London next week. A briefing paper on the Afghan government's proposals seen by The Daily Telegraph says any peace deal may include "potential exile in a third country" for insurgent leaders... [Nato commanders] are now backing a "carrot and stick" strategy of more troops to reverse the Taliban's military momentum coupled with incentives for fighters to rejoin society. International donors are preparing to pay hundreds of millions of pounds towards the scheme, with Japan and the US already allocating substantial budgets. In the first phase, junior fighters, who commanders believe are mainly motivated by money, will be offered jobs, training and education if they lay down their weapons and renounce violence. Further incentives could include pensions for older fighters and allotments of land.

And, if the Taliban fighters *don't* lay down their arms, and instead continue to raise them in battle against the West? Then, the US government will be in the awkward position of funding the enemy of the US soldier on the battlefield. Hmm. 'Some dare call it treason.'

Paying Taliban fighters to 'lay down their arms.' That's like Barack Obama supplicating himself to Joe Lieberman for his health care vote: Not gonna happen.

We can't get single-payer health care in the US because the GOP sociopaths and their blue dogs (and their little blue puppy dog Obama, too) claim that such a measure would add to (the Bush-born) trillon-dollar deficit. But, we can simultaneously pay Blackwater to 'stop' those we are funding? Hello, McFly?!?

The Taliban Stimulus: 'Junior Taliban fighters' are going to be offered jobs at US taxpayer expense. Maybe we can include the newly hired Taliban insurgents in US economic data so the unemployment rate will appear to be on the wane. And, not a GOP signal of discontent in sight! After all, it's the *Taliban* getting jobs, training and education -- not the US poor, so it's all good.

To top it all off, Bush's High Whore Court just opened the corporate floodgates to *steal* the last vestiges of democracy in the US. Most of the lamestream media was SILENT or covering John Edwards' love child.

I've covered a lot of BULLSH*T since Coup 2000, but this takes the cake bakery.

It is time (long, long past time) for American Revolution #2. Maybe then the US government can pay *us* to lay down OUR arms, bring us back into mainstream society -- and give us health care.

See also: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit --Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price.

The US government under Bush, not the CLG

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