Paying the Taliban not to fight
The “reintegration” programme, which has the full support of Nato, is intended to keep them from attacking troops from the International Stabilisation and Assistance Force (ISAF).Those who have attacked and killed British forces are also effectively given an amnesty, which means they will never be put on trial.The amnesty extends to all Taliban fighters, including those who have taken part in atrocities, such as murdering children, beheadings and hanging women.The agreement is part of a policy signed by the British Government in which insurgents are being allowed to “walk off the battlefield” and enter a “reintegration” scheme.Taliban joining the programme are not interrogated but instead are asked to complete a questionnaire explaining their reasons for joining the insurgency.The strategy has been designed to encourage rank and file Taliban to stop fighting and instead return to their communities with “dignity and honour”.More than 2,700 insurgents have been reintegrated into mainstream Afghan society since October 2010, with 800 now described as “showing interest in leaving the Taliban”.Of those, about 90 are from Helmand, where nearly 400 British troops have been killed and more than 5,000 injured.The reintegration policy has already produced some startling results. In northern Afghanistan, about 900 former Taliban have left the insurgency and violence has decreased by 30 per cent.
...While I am skeptical the program seems to have its supporters among the Brits at least. The big question is what they will do when the payments stop. Iraq is already seeing new attacks since it cut the payments to some of the Sunnis.