So who was it that executed 17 people for dancing in public 2 months ago then?Blablahb said:But the 'Taliban' as in evil religious zealots who are the archenemies of everything we stand for, died out years ago.Hornet0404 said:Well you could argue that combatants that hide amongst the civilian populace (Taliban) and don't discriminate between other combatants and innocent civilians are "bad guys" (most terrorist organizations) regardless of what their holy book says.
But hey that's just me.
What's dubbed Taliban these days are a mix of drug lord militias, tribal fighters motivated by tribe vs tribe issues, outraged Afghans who've been mistreated by US troops or heard of that happening to others, and the actual religious zealots.
Their motivations differ as a result. Especially the victims of US troops' brutal and unprofessional conduct (which you hear a lot of in Afghanistan) can't really be seen as the bad guys, especially not since other countries that have a better trained military have demonstrated you don't need to make enemies out of those people if you can put up the slighest of peacekeeping efforts. The big problem is US troops are only trained for combat and not much else. As a result they're horrible peacekeepers who only think and operate along the lines of 'find enemies, kill them' and throw any common sense and decent strategic thinking overboard.