Recently, the Afghan politicians and the Taliban met in Moscow, Russia, in hopes to end a war which has been going on for decades.

The co-founder of the Taliban, Abdul Ghani Baradar, emerged for the first time in a public meeting about their desires to end the war. His presence alone, with his comments, gave hope for peace talks for Afghanistan.

Baradar stated at the meeting, “The Islamic Emirate is firmly committed to peace, but the first step is to remove obstacles and end the occupation of Afghanistan.”

The U.S. currently has 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, and the Taliban has demanded full withdrawal before they will even talk about peace. They have repeated this request several times as the U.S. is leading the war.

Baradar sat next to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as he addressed the Afghan power brokers who are rivals against Ashraf Ghani.

There were no members of the Kabul government in attendance. Lavrov made the statement before Baradar said his comment that he too wants all foreign troops out of Afghanistan so that a political solution can be made to put an end to the war.

Russia was crushed in their decade long war in 1989 and has been gearing up before plans are drawn from Washington to depart.

President Trump stated troops will be downsized after peace agreements have been settled. Russia has its military on standby at the northern edge of Afghanistan since the talks between the United States and the Taliban have also been happening.

Baradar was arrested in 2010 by American and Pakistan agents and was released from jail. The American government sent out this request because of Zalmay Khalilzad, a U.S negotiator, felt Baradar would work out the peace talks.

Baradar is a political strategist who is believed to have resurrected the Taliban regime after the American invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11.

There was also peace talks which took place behind closed doors in Qatari Doha where Baradar appeared. With his presence in Moscow this week, it seems as though he will be the new face of the Taliban. This appears to be a good sign, as this is the second meeting this month with the topic of peace in mind.

Baradar showed up in black-rimmed glasses with 14 other Taliban members as they made a dramatic entrance at the hotel and climbing up the stairs as a team with great unity.

Tuesday they met with the Russian and Afghanistan members and today they are meeting with 25 members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, Hamid Karzai who is the former president, Afghanistan’s former national security advisor, Hanif Atmar, Atta Mohammad Noor, Mohammed Mohaqeq, and other influential leaders.

Atmar is a serious contender for September’s elections, putting out the current president after five years in office.

The women in Afghanistan are the only ones who are afraid of the peace talks and any deals that may come of it. They are worried all their rights will end if peace occurs and the Taliban takes over. All of their hard work to gain their rights would be in jeopardy.

The Taliban promises their rights will be safe as long as they observe the Islamic principles. The women feel there is too much interpretation if the Taliban regains control.

Women rights activist Tajwar Kakar, who was at the meeting stated, “We will continue to press the issue of women’s rights, so they understand what is at stake. The Taliban are also Afghans. We should all work for the same goal of peace.”

The worry from the women is legit as they have been suppressed for centuries and have come a long way. For the world, what does this mean if peace is achieved through these talks? It would be a dream come true for many. People who lived in the Mideast only know of wars. For women, they could get the best of both worlds if the Taliban stays true to their word and keep the peace.

Could it be the Taliban is tired and really wants to end the fighting?

Or could it be they want to see what there is in the offers and negotiations? This is just as exciting as our U.S. president talking peace with North Korea.

Nations which never got along with each other are talking.

The same applies here as none of these three groups have ever gotten along. It is worth giving it a chance, peace always is.

22 thoughts on “The Taliban, Afghanistan, and Moscow, Is There Hope for Peace?

  1. This sounds more like Russian meddling to get the USA out and then insert itself back into Afghanistan as the big peacemaker. Never trust the Russians to do anything with world peace in mind.

  2. The Taliban promises their rights will be safe as long as they observe the Islamic principles. In other words, do as we tell you and we’ll get along fine. HA!

  3. Are the Taliban leaders really trustworthy.
    I doubt it. And there are so many tribes with leaders that want so suppress women’s rights. The stance of obeying Islam rules is the first red flag. Taliban leaders interpretation of the Koran is very strict.
    By the way it leans very hard against all other religion’s. To the point of Suppressin,
    Taxation, Torture, and Death for all that don’t submit to thier ways.
    Mark my thoughts, if the Taliban is given any leadership in the government of Afganistan in my lifetime (which is now very short as I’m in the / fall / of life) the U S .will see conflict again in Afghanistan

  4. When the foundational basis for an agreement rest upon the Qur’an and Sharia Law as the source from which the rules for adherence are determined I think it would be impossible to establish a workable agreement for peace. This becomes even more difficult if women are be allowed to maintain the freedoms they have gained. The Qur’an teaches that it is acceptable to use subterfuge in order to gain advantage over an opponent and under the Qur’an and Sharia Law women are basically chattel with very limited rights. They are always under the dominion of the man.

  5. The war began in 1976 when the Islamic terrs overthrew the King. The ante was upped in 1979 with the Soviet Invasion. That gave rise to anti-Soviet resistance, out of which came the Taliban and the Afghan Arabs led by Abdullah Azzam. The US did not want the Soviets moving toward the Indian Ocean and provides assistance. The US leaves because a civil war begins in Afghanistan. After the Soviets left, Azzam wanted to follow the Soviets and liberate the Moslems in the USSR. Azzam was 0sama bin Laden’s mentor and 0sama in an act of Islamic gratitude 0sama kills Azzam, takes over the Afghan Arabs, renames it al Qaeda, and moves to the Sudan. Sudan kicks 0sama & al Qaeda out and they return to Afghanistan. Clinton does not act on 3 occasions in which he could have had 0sama killed or arrested. 9/11 was staged out of Afghanistan and the rest is well known. {How did I do?}

  6. “For women, they could get the best of both worlds if the Taliban stays true to their word and keep the peace.” HUH?

    I remember the Taliban treatment of women when they ran Afghanistan. I remember Afghanistan and Iran when the King and Shah were running their respective countries. That was peace. In both countries, women held the bulk of professional jobs. Women dressed in Western clothes, etc. The biggest change in both countries was the subjection of women. There were lesser changes bringing both nations close to the 700s in many ways.

  7. No Islamic country, state or entity can endure peace. The Koran demands war against all Infidel civilization until the entire world is subjugated to Sharia under a Caliphate. And that includes competeing Muslim sects that oppose each others interpretation of their book of terrorism and death.

    The so called U.S. Islamic allies like Saudi Arabia covertly support anti-American activities both in the U.S. and abroad. While countries like Iran and Pakistan openly support overt attacks on all western democracies while trying to engage in diplomacy and trade at the same time.

    For the West to continue to engage fundamentalist Islamic countries in any activity, particularly immigration, is the definition of insanity. All Muslim countries should be booted from the UN and told to stay in thier own countries, repatriating all Muslims to thier countries of origin including the schizophrenic reformists that think there is any rational interpretation of the Koran.

    There is no reconciling Islamic doctrine with any other ideology. As John Q Adams said from the Tripoli wars “Islamic law is contemptible and incompatible with our Judeo Christian principles and Democracy.” It’s founder was a militant fanatic that “declared undistinquishing war against all of mankind.” He excoriates Islam in hls “Essay on the Turks,” pointing out the degraded treatment of women and “humbling to the dust” the concept of salvation by associating it with the gratification of the sexual passions. After 1500 years the demonic content of the Koran has resisted reformation and it’s fundamentalist hierarchies that govern in the modern world do so with the primitive, barbaric Medieval doctrines of warmongering, intolerance, misogyny and a belief they are destined to convert the world by the sword. Adam’s concludes that as long as there are followers of the “dissolute” doctrines of the “false prophet” there will not be peace on earth and good will among men.

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