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In case there is any misunderstanding, the US and western allies are at war with the Taliban. The Karzai government in Afghanistan have insisted on trying to negotiate with them, and has tried to include the Taliban in a government that was once led by them.

The situation is similar to what is happening in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood. A representative of the Muslim Brotherhood became president. Than, he was thrown out for overstepping his powers. Next, Egyptian authorities have declared the Muslim Brotherhood as an illegal party and terrorist organization.

The thing that is common between the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood is radical Islam and complete disrespect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Economist, Dr. John Ikerd, defined "the bill of rights for sustainability" that includes these major elements:

  1. The right to life
  2. The right of individual thought and expression
  3. The right of individual action
  4. The right of interaction

The trouble with radical religions of any kind is their inability to respect these basic rights. What can and should the free world do with factions that cannot accept them?

What do you do when religious extremism contradicts the right to life?

“Taliban Says Kabul Cafe Attack Was Payback for Earlier Strike

By AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERGJAN. 18, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday for an attack Friday on a popular Kabul cafe that killed 21 people, mostly Western civilians, saying it was in retaliation for a coalition airstrike earlier in the week in which a number of Afghan civilians had died in a village north of Kabul.

In their statement, the Taliban said they picked a restaurant frequented by “high-ranking foreigners” where alcohol was served. The attack, one of the most significant on Western civilians since the start of the war in 2001, occurred in the heart of one of Kabul’s most secure districts, very close to many embassies and coalition military bases.

Western officials said they were trying to confirm the Taliban’s stated motive for the coordinated attack, which occurred just two days after the airstrike and would have required extensive planning. A suicide bomber had cleared a path for two gunmen who stormed in and fired on diners, the police said.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/world/asia/afghanistan-restaurant-attack.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0

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