26 December 2007
Brown lied: the British are negotiating with the Taliban
Here's a basic rule for anyone studying colonial behaviour. When the colonialists say that they are not negotiating with the insurgents and will never negotiate with them, you can bet money that this is actually what they are doing.
So it is in Afghanistan at the moment. Gordon Brown stated quite clearly that "We will not enter into any negotiations with these people," but he was lying. Talks have been going on between the British and the Taliban since at least the summer.
The next step will be when the British announce that their mission has been accomplished in Afghanistan and that the troops are coming home. If the government is lucky there may be a short period between the last British soldier flying out and the first Taliban guerrilla marching in. If not the two events will be just hours apart.
Either way, Afghanistan has now gone tits up just like Iraq did for the British.