Wednesday, April 01, 2009

For Once, I Agree with the Taliban

It is a limited point of agreement to be sure, but here it is:

U.S. reconciliation offer "lunatic": Taliban spokesman

By Sayed Salahuddin (Reuters article)

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents reject a U.S. offer of "honorable reconciliation," a top spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a "lunatic idea" and saying the only way to end the war was to withdraw foreign troops.

One qualification: the word "lunatic," comes from the Latin word lunaticus, which originally referred to a form of madness caused by lunar phases.  Those who believe that the Taliban could become peaceful as a result of an insipid offer of reconciliation are not in their right mind.  As to the question about human madness, consider the following:

Ecclesiastes 9:3: 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.