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October 11, 2010

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President Hamid Karzai Exclusive!

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the

the 9th anniversary of the U.S.-led

Afghanistan war and his push for peace.

Plus, why does he want to negotiate with the Taliban?

You won’t hear the answers from him anywhere else.

TAKE OUR POLL: Do you think President
Karzai should hold talks with the Taliban?

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Michael Armstrong Sr.   October 11th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

When will Afganistan start paying America back all the money they owe us .


Michael Armstrong Sr.   October 11th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Afganistan should give America mineral rights for payment .


Kris Kingsbury   October 11th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

A comment for President Karzai,
With all due respect, you can temper sincerity and honesty with peace, but the Taliban makes peace with the devil through fear and deceit.


Doris Evans   October 11th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Yes, absolutely, Karzai should be talking to the Taliban. As he said, the Taliban are Afghans. Anyone of our US or Coalition people should talk to the Taliban when and if they have the opportunity.


Murid Hallimee   October 11th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Yes talking with Taliban will work only through afghan elders and some elders of government, only to those Taliban who are afghans and they are living under infleunce of Palkistani Talibans.


F David   October 11th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

It will be negligence of duty if he does not hold talks with them and I should say this is long awaited,he does not necessarily have to accept their demands.


Kris Kingsbury   October 11th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I applaud your efforts President Karzai, but the fact remains, that having dealt with such people. They function as one unit, willing to dye for their cause, as to dye would mean glory to the motherland, and saint hood.


Haseeb Sayed   October 11th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Mr. President, Your achievements and hard work has been well appreciated in my personel point of view. God bless you with much more strength and capabilities to handle the government of this war torn country more effictively. Talking with the taliban and convincing them to drop there weapons, if that happens how is the government going to deal with the influence of the pakistan within these militants and inside the boundries or to make sure that the Pakistani Intelligence and government is not going to fund the militants again to destabilise the nation!!!
Secondly when there is a room to deal and minimize corruption what steps have the president office taken to deal with it. as the bribe is a norm from A – Z in some of the ministries. which is ruining the image of the Government and the nation.


David Solo   October 11th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

We have given enough sacrify to uplift Afghanistan. We should take our losses and get out. I thought our policy is to not to negotiate with terrorist. Are we going to forget the sacrify of our young soldiers. Bottom line is Obama should have not have followed Bush's policy. We should bring our troops back from Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq. They use our aid to kill our our own troops & make fun behind us. How stupid one can be!
It is best to secure our border rather than fighting war elsewhere and bribe these countries to change their way of life- so called democracy. Change will occur from within rather than from us.


Jean, Toronto   October 12th, 2010 12:38 am ET

I had heard that Osama bin Laden was a sickly man. Is he still alive? Does Presiden Karzai know if Osama is alive?
If Osama is still alive and as he continues to play havoc by his threats, what he has previously done and what he is presently doing, he is heaping eternal burning coals on his head. Osama is not a man who loves. His heart is filled with hate.
God is a God of love. St. Paul said: "Whoever does not love will not remain in God. " May Osama and his followers not deceive themselves otherwise.


phillip j rosso   October 12th, 2010 1:25 am ET

TALK'S WE TEND TO FORGET THAT PEACE IS A MATTER OF NEGOTIATION. HATRED FULED IN ANGER ALLWAYS LEADS TO DEATH OF ALL INVOLVED. WHEN PEACE HAS BECOME A QUESTION OF HOW ? WE MUST THINK. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW NOTHING OF. WE MUST BE CONCERNED FOR THE LIFE OF A NATION STRUGLING TO RID ITSELF OF HARD LINE ANTEQUATED THINKING AND BELIEFS, AND ALLOW THOSE WILLING TO HAVE A SEAT AT A TABLE TO DISCUSS THE REASONS WHY A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING CAN KEEP THE SELF RESPECT OF EACH ONES DOMAIN AND CONTROL. REMEMBER THAT IT TOOK SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF NEGOTIATING TO GET OUR MEAGER NATION THINKING IN A UNIFORM MANOR. PEACE TALKS REQUIRE FAR MORE STRENGTH THAN ANY OTHER MEANS OF FIGHTING. PEACE REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO SIT WITH YOUR ENEMY AND COMPROMISE . TO CREATE A NEW SOLUTION TO GOVERNING. AND PLACE IN POWER THE MEANS TO UNDERSTAND PERSONAL RIGHTS STANDARDIZED BY THE WORLD, AND KEEP THE TRADITIONS OF RELIGION STRONG. WITHOUT ALLOWING HATE OR VIOLENT ACTS UPON OTHERS TO CHANGE OR FORCE OPINION UPON OTHERS. LIVING IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF SELF AWARE TOLLERANCE CREATS AN ENVIRONMENT THAT UNDERSTANDS WHY WE RESPECT OUR RELIGIOUS RULES, AND APPLY THE CHANGES TO LIVING IN A TOTALY DIFFERENT WORLD FROM WHEN THEY WERE WRITTEN. GIVING RESPECT AND HARMONY TO LIFE AS WAS THE TRUE REASON OF ALL RELIGIONS. PEACE REQUIRES DEEP AND CAREFULL NEGOTIATION ARGUING THEN DISCUSSING THEN ARGUING ALL BY WORDS ALONE. UNTIL EACH PARTY UNDERSTANDS THE OTHER AND PEACE BECOMES POSSIBLE, AS LONG AS HATE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED FOR ALL REASONS INVOLVED. SO TAL'S ARE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE WHEN ATTEMPTING A PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MISSUNDERSTOOD FIGHT THAT PITS ANGER AND MISSREPRESENTATION OF HOW EACH SIDE THINKS. OR HAVE WE FAILED TO UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY IN ANY WORLD WAR ?


Mark Shea   October 12th, 2010 3:45 am ET

Very Square, Solid questions from Larry. Very Square, Solid answers from Mr. Karzai. Yes, Much to do. I am Impressed. Afghanistan has been the crossroads of external thrashing for many decades and centuries. As Mr. Karzai indicated maybe someone will stick with them long enough to just give them the peace to let a good society sink in. Not just through bullets, but education and infrastructure.


Nana Brown   October 12th, 2010 5:32 am ET

Michael Armstrong Sr: Afghanistan does not owe us any money we invaded there country in search of BinLaden who is a Saudi and not an Afganistani . It's like looking for Sara Pailen in Russia or Mexico. We owe Afghanistan money to rebuild and for all the damage this war did. Where is Bin Laden ? Could he be in Texas ? This was Bushes war and it can never be won. We lost again lets pull out and rebuild America this time with some right facts.


Ted   October 12th, 2010 8:00 am ET

The question was: is Osama bin Laden still alive?
Sure, he had a complete face surgery at a good CIA clinic and he is called today President Karzai!


ric   October 12th, 2010 10:16 am ET

Man, I bet the Afgan female poulation must be fearful in their shoes right now!!! For the Afgan Prez. to work out a deal with women killers, I just cant wrap my head around that one????? These people they call Taliban, its like seeing the rock ages on TV. WE need to get out of there,and lock our borders, so this kind of evil doesnt travel like germs!!! I think binladen is still around,the taliban will keep this evil man safe. If binladen was a female,he,d be killed at first dawn"


IKHAN   October 12th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

HI Larry,
@philip j rosso

well said. Its indeed efforts for peace that require courage not the use of arsenal.

The festering sores of Israel-palestine conflict, Kashmir, Afghanistan the debacle of Iraq, Iran and many other issues could have been & still can be resolved. Only if the world leaders choose to draw up courage to face truths, bring honesty of purpose to the task and for once determine a path of equitable justice for all.
Utopian thought,I admit but not altogether impossible if thepeace loving people around the world unite to launch an effort.
.In this blessed country of ours we shall have to cast aside the yoke of bigotry , hate & racism hung around our necks. Get the courage to face truths, stand up to lobbies, special interests, propagandists & those forces which are active in pushing us towards a clash of civilization.


Jean, Toronto   October 12th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

@phillip j. Rosso

Peace perfect peace is the cry. America has a difficult road ahead. Likewise President Karzai of all, on how to solve the end of this war and bring about permanent peace. I visualize that this is not an easy matter.
Do the Talibans want peace? Are they willing to put down their weapons for good and shake hands?
How can the US and President Karzai negotiate with the Talibans and also Al Qaeda? Negotiate for what, other than permanent peace?
One of the reasons why this war commenced was to get rid of dictatorship, wicked governments who are a threat to democracy and a hindrance to the freedom, rights and dignity of the nationals.
I state "One of the..." I am not getting involved in any other reasons that some people perceive and have stated. Every one of us see the situation differently and form our own opinion, some for the better and others vice versa.
When I think of what occurred on 9-11 which continues to sadden me that so many people suffered and died, I see the situation as eradicating dictatorship government leaders who are also a threat to the democratic world, who hate the US and who encouraged some of their gullible and vulnerable radical nationals to go out to other parts of the world as in the US, disguising themselves and their wicked attitude as loving, innocent people and students, when their underlying plan was to wage war, "to kill the infidels" as they call us and bombed US properties and murdered thousands of people, 9-11 of all.
Lest we forget. These were also recipients of the US taxpayers' money for their livelihood in the US as they were able to attend training schools, colleges and universities, be fed and housed, and trained to pilot planes and then use them against the US to destroy its properties and to murder its nationals.
How can these people who have disrupted world peace and who continue to do so be negotiated with when they do not compromise and have no wish to do so except on a one-sided level, to suit themselves and their agenda to continue with their old ways of hate, suppression and domination?
Do they have intentions of compromising with the US and President Karzai for permanent peace, to lay down their weapons and allow the nationals to live in peace and harmony?
As far as I also visualize, they do need counseling to eradicate their hatred and domination if they are to live in peace and harmony with others.
This is what should be discussed, "Permanent Peace". Afghanistan does not belong to only one segment of society but to all Afghans. The Talibans do not need to control any specific area but to live at peace with the nationals and to help build up their country.
What are they doing to bring about peace and allow everyone including the women their basic human rights to dress in the manner they wish in their countries, to educate themselves and to obtain jobs for their livelihood and that of their family? This should be the foremost and end result of all negotiations.
The Talibans and also Al Qaeda should attend school/college/ university in their countries as Iraq and Afghanistan to live a useful, happy and peace life and contribute to the well-being of their nationals and their countries.
If they decide to take this path to peace and harmony, I foresee only then will permanent peace be established in those countries.
I urge Americans and other people of the world to pray for an end to this war and world peace. This is where the battle can be won and when it will be won amicably and to establish permanent peace.
This is one of our duties as people of the world, to the world as Iraq and Afghanistan. Wherever we reside in the world, we will be the recipients of our prayers and world peace.
What affects people of the world and their countries, do affect us for we are the world and the people of the world.
May peace be restored in those countries and prevail!
May God bless and protect America and the rest of the world.


Rose   October 12th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

@ Michael Armstrong Sr.

You wrote: "When will Afganistan start paying America back all the money they owe us" and "Afganistan should give America mineral rights for payment".

The question should be: How will the US compensate Afghanistan for killing tens of thousands of Afghan civilians – including the killing of many children?

The US wanted a new government in Afghanistan since 1998, 3 years BEFORE 9/11. The official report from a meeting of the US government's Foreign Policy committee on February 12, 1998 confirms that the need for a "west-friendly government " was recognised long before 9/11:

"The U.S. Government's position is that we support multiple pipelines . . . The Unocal (GW Bush's biggest donator) pipeline is among those pipelines that would receive our support under that policy. While we do support the project, the U.S. Government has not, at this point, recognized any (existing) governing regime of the transit country Afghanistan, through which that pipeline would be routed. But we do support the project."

Apparently the need to access Central Asian natural gas reserves for profit was worth destroying an entire country. The pipeline through Afghanistan is the reason why so many Afghans (as well as American troops) have died. When will this ever be discussed instead of the "got-to-get-the-terrorists" BS that we have been fed by the shovel full.

Hamid Karzai was a top adviser to the American Unocal corporation, which was negotiating with the Taliban to construct a Central Asia Gas pipeline ($$$) from Turkmenistan through western Afghanistan. Earlier Karzai was a top contact for the CIA and maintained close relations with CIA Director William Casey and then V.P. GH Bush Sr.

Now open wide again for that shovel full.


Smith in Oregon   October 12th, 2010 6:19 pm ET

A FULL 9 Months ago President Karzai AND United Nations envoys sit down with a dozen high level Taliban Commanders in Pakistan to craft a balanced and lasting peace treaty between the Taliban and Afghanistan.

CIA agents along with Pakistani ISI agents broke in and arrested those attending the peace treaty meeting. Both Karzai and the United Nations were utterly shocked and stunned. The CIA falsely touted how it personally rounded up a dozen top Taliban Commanders in a 'daring' raid. That was a utter lie and just another false flag propaganda that is far too routine for explaining America's continued occupation of Afghanistan.

Within weeks Pakistan's ISI explained in local Pakistani newspapers what had actually occurred. The Pakistani ISI had found the ongoing peace treaty meeting was in their views unfavorably tilted to India, their sworn enemy and swarmed in to break it up. The Pakistani ISI returned the high ranking Taliban commanders to their Pakistani ISI safe houses across Pakistan, NONE were jailed nor given to the CIA which was the utter lie floated by the CIA.

How many American soldiers have since died in Afghanistan because the CIA broke up that peace treaty meeting NINE MONTHS AGO?

Now, Washington DC is applauding Karzai's efforts in a peace treaty with the Taliban? Huh? Just who is on board this time?


IKHAN   October 12th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

@ Rose

good to have you here and read your very pertinent comments.

@ Michael Armstrong sr.

your remarks seem to strengthen the notion that we invade & plunder countries like the hordes of yore. In search of bounty & treasure.
Afghans donot owe us a penny nor do the Iraqis.


Ted   October 13th, 2010 8:05 am ET

@ Rose

I just love how you explain the facts of life to the ignorants!
We made the Karzai family very rich, at the same time our country gets poorer by the minute.


Abd Hammed   October 13th, 2010 9:02 am ET

Do not love yourself and hate others like AMERICA do. If you are given power do not misuse it, there many that have the power in the years past, where are they now? CAN MONEY BUY LIFE? No!... So, try to think hard before you say anything here.


Nani   October 13th, 2010 10:19 am ET

@Michael Armstrong Sr:
How did you come up with Afghanistan owes us money? Was it from the Sara Pailen's hat box of facts? US was meddling in Afghanistan years before 911 killing innocent people and supporting and training Talabans. Thanks to Bush and his lapdog Blair full of there shortsightedness we entered a illegal war. These were not plastic play solders you get at the dollar store 100 for $1. These were our service men and women who were lied to that have been killed please tell me why? Bush with his influential family entered Yale [ shame on Yale for bending it rules] to keep him out of Vietnam and harms way.These two paper tigers sent our young men and women into a quagmire on a whim and the young men and women are paying for the folly with their life and limb. In the meantime Mr Bush and Mr Blair are enjoying a thoroughly undeserved yet very lucrative retirement protected by security guards paid for my our tax dollar. Our serves men have been killed because of lies killing millions of innocent civilians for what ? to multiply to our hate list ? Iraqis, Iran's, Pakistanis and Afghanistan's have had bad leaders but they were all defending there country they were did not attack us,killing and occupying land of any of it's neighbors. Why did our government gave the OK to Sadam Husain to occupy Kuwait so the US army can have it's base there. Where was our noble government when Lebanon was being bombed by our US made ammunition by the chosen people? We will get broke if we have to rebuild Palestine, Iraqi, Afghanistan, Jorden, Egypt, Pakistan and half the world we keep wage war with. As an American why are we not thinking for America's first not for a handful that have become rich waging war ?
Human suffering is the same regardless of ones faith and color. People far away in distant land need the same respect as we give our own. Honesty saves one from bigotry try it..... it will save us all from pain.
Thank you IKHAN, Rose,Smith in Oregon, phillip for all your blogs and wisdom.


Rose   October 13th, 2010 10:22 am ET

@ Jean, Toronto

You stated: "One of the reasons why this war commenced was to get rid of dictatorship, wicked governments who are a threat to democracy and a hindrance to the freedom, rights and dignity of the nationals".

You lack a basic understanding of history since the 1950s. The US is responsible for actually obstructing the growth of democracy in parts of the world. A few examples:

– The US interferred in Iran by removing the democratically elected Dr. Mossadegh and re-installing the brutal Shah. That was the end of any chance at democracy there.
– The US was also responsible for empowering and supporting Saddam Hussein in Iraq and giving him billions$ in weapons, which he used against his own people. Iraq is now on the brink of civil war.
– The US trained and developed the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, who later morphed into the Taliban (separate from Al-Qaeda).

It was the US who went into Afghanistan, the Taliban did not invade the US. When the US had problems negotiating the pipeline with the Taliban, the US resorted to military action and war. This is well documented by government sources.

There are many, many brutal dictators in the world who need to be removed. Notice how the US is only interested in the countries that are important geo-politically and have substantial natural resources to exploit.

Please read and understand history before making naive comments about the good guys vs bad guys schtick.


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