Dangerousman wrote:Are you saying that membership in the Taliban is mandatory?
No. I'm saying that not everyone that identifies himself as a member of a radical group is necessarily of the same mindset, especially when they control such a large portion of the country as the Taliban do.
Otherwise rational humans join these groups when they feel they're being persecuted, or cannot maintain a normal way of life due to poverty, constant war, famine, etc. Note: I'm not
talking about the bin Ladens of the world-- there will always be those (usually in the upper ranks of the organization) that just want a fight, either in revenge for past wrongs or in an attempt to eradicate the western way of life.
Have to agree with the points in madmatt77's post. We're not going to win this war through military strikes alone. You have to, as we're finally seeing in Iraq, bring about a certain measure of security so that young moderates don't have a reason to join groups like the Taliban, and part of that is reaching out to those moderates for help.