The Taliban opened their office in Qatar last week over the protests of the Afghan government. And if you think that the Taliban ins there to talk about peace, well, you’re mistaken. They hung their own flag outside the office and put a plaque on the building that identifying themselves as “The Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, you know, like they had won the war. Needless to say, Hamid Karzai was a little less than pleased. The Stars & Stripes reports;
But with images of Taliban representatives raising their flag and referring to The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — as the country was known when the Taliban were in power — Karzai reacted by immediately suspending government participation in any peace talks. He also suspended talks over a bilateral security agreement with the United States that is key to keeping American troops in the country after international forces end their combat role in 2014.
The quarrel has simmered ever since.
I wonder if Karzai has had night time talks with the ghost of Duong Van Minh, the last president of South Vietnam, yet. Oh, by the way, the Taliban removed the flag and the plaque from their office location, and the Qatari police took away their flag pole. But, it’s clear to me that Taliban thinks that just by virtue of upcoming “peace talks” that they have won because we’re weak and rushing for the exit.