It was two years – almost to the day – that I last commented about talks with the Taliban that might have ended the war in Afghanistan. Nothing came of it. Nor did anything come of the talks that were proposed back in October 2008. Since then at least 2287 allied soldiers have died and only your deity knows how many civilians have been killed since. Now the Western allies are suggesting that talks might still be a good idea.
But, given the history of past proposals to talks with the Taliban, you don’t have to be an ‘expert analyst’ to foretell that talks are likely to be “complex, long and messy”.
Despite my pessimism, however, one can but hope that something meaningful might come of these talks before anyone else dies. I doubt, though, that the warmongering neoconservatives will see it quite the same way.