Q: Do the Taleban foresee a time when they will lay down their arms and stop fighting? What is their objective and can they see a time when there will be peace?Edward McCarthy, Edinburgh, UK
'Islam' means 'the way of peace'. That is their dream. But it may not be achievable in any normal human context, Edward. Rather like the dreams of communism the struggle may be as important as the result. They were very surprised that when they brought relative security to most of the country in 1996 the international community did not congratulate them.
Or, how about this:
Q: Do you think that the Taleban will win the war? Can Afghanistan really become a democratic country with the help of the West?
Ramon Garway, Monrovia, Liberia I am short of a perfect crystal ball, Ramon. The Taleban were under-rated by everybody in the late 90s but they took most of the country. As it stands the war is unwinnable for Nato. Afghans say the West has had five years to install a functioning democracy and Afghanistan is still waiting. (emphasis mine)
I suppose one is not allowed to question Loyn's patriotism, or even his committment to..errr freedom, democracy, human rights etc. etc. I wonder what his political persuasion is--but, of course, that's not relevant when you are talking about objective journalism like his and the BBC's.
Read the entire piece to understand what a bunch of good and admirable people (misunderstood, clearly) we are fighting in Afghanistan. I'm sure it will make your day.