We are happy to report once again, that the Jack Layton inspired peace accord in Waziristan is moving right along. The premature “peace accord” in Waziristan has netted nothing but blood for Pakistanis and even more blood for Afghans:

At least seven people have been killed in clashes with pro-Taliban fighters in a Pakistani tribal region where militants have held captive 240 soldiers since August, security officials said on Tuesday.

Clashes began early on Monday in South Waziristan, a hotbed of support for the Taliban and al Qaeda on the Afghan border, and continued overnight as militants mounted a counterattack on a school where security forces had set up camp.

“Militants launched the attack after offering funeral prayers for comrades killed earlier,” an intelligence official said.

Two paramilitary soldiers and four militants were killed during the fighting in the remote Makeen area, while a villager was killed when a mortar hit a house.

In the mean time, people who actually count for something are negotiating peace with parts of the Taliban coalition … and all of this right in the midst of the most successful Taliban bashing summer yet. Analysts seem to agree, that it’s the slaughter of Taliban handed out by ISAF, Afghan, UN, and American troops that is ripping the Taliban coalition apart. More and more of its members are seeking peace … there is a limit to how many men one can lose:

The Taliban offered to begin negotiating with the government. In Afghan parlance, that’s the Taliban way of saying they are defeated and want to discuss peace terms. Over the past few months, Taliban attacks have become increasingly
desperate, and bloody. But most of the dead have been Taliban. The only “successful” attacks have been those using suicide bombers, and these kill mostly Afghan civilians.

The UN and Afghan governments are stepping forward to meet the challenge … is this the end game?

The United Nations would welcome the possibility of talks with the remnant Taliban forces in Afghanistan, but cautioned the dealings must take place within the framework of the Afghan constitution, a UN emissary said in an interview Tuesday.

Tom Koenigs, the special UN envoy to Afghanistan, made the remarks in an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Kabul.

Earlier Tuesday, the Afghan government expressed willingness to hold ‘direct negotiations’ with rebel groups to restore peace and stability to the country. The Taliban leadership on Monday said it was open to an offer by President Hamid Karzai of peace talks with the Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami of Hekmatyar.

The Lesson? Bomb them, shoot them, hunt them down, and they will come … to the table on their own accord. Offer peace before then, and you end up with a Jack Layton styled blood bath as can be found in Waziristan.

Bomb them, shoot them, hunt them down, and they will come … to the table on their own accord. Offer peace before then, and you end up with a Jack Layton styled blood bath as can be found in Waziristan. 

First published @ Celestial Junk

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