When Barack Obama signs a new defence bill, the US military in Afghanistan will be allowed to pay Taliban fighters who renounce violence. It’s a tactic that’s been used in Iraq, and some would like to see it introduced in Pakistan. It raises several interesting questions…
– Does it matter that money meant to defeat the Taliban, will go straight into its fighters pockets? If you’re American how does the prospect of your tax dollars going to a man who’s been trying to kill your servicemen and women seem to you?
– Do you worry that they’ll take the cash and keep on fighting?
– Do the means matter? Or if you support US and NATO action, is the only important thing that the Taliban is defeated?
– And whichever side you sympathise with, do you think this tactic can undermine the loyalty of Taliban fighters? Does every man have a price?