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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 06:02 am
Taliban embed David Loyn fields a few questions from BBC viewers:
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
A: ‘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.
Ingrates. More on this from J.F. Beck.