Such an opening would be a turning point in the West’s international stance, which for years stood as an adversary of Muslim extremism, the professor said.
“For radical movements, joining a democratic system could provide an opportunity for change. This is happening in North Africa with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he explained. “The international community must however put pressure to ensure respect for human rights and religious freedom and should not bend to their will.”
However, many in Afghanistan are baffled by the overture towards Muslim extremists, local sources told AsiaNews, especially by President Hamid Karzai’s support for the move.
Since he came to power in 2005, he has always opposed talks with the guerrillas, and responded coldly to the news. For the sources, talks with extremists are crucial to stop the war, but the United States cannot play with people’s lives.
“Negotiations make sense only if the Taliban have changed their views and the Afghan government is really willing to negotiate,” the sources explained. “Giving the guerrillas privileges and power in exchange for cooperation could lead to new tensions.” (S.C.)