Monday, September 25, 2006

Karzai attacks radical madrassas

This is a strong statement. Karzai is taking a big step here placing himself squarely in the crosshairs of the jihadis. There's no way to walk this cat back, so I guess that means he's fully onboard.

In making this statement, it also implies he believes his army and security apparatus are faithful enough and strong enough now to make it stick within Afganistan. This implication is probably more significant than the statement itself.

Herald Sun
Madrassas, or Islamic schools, are "teaching hatred rather than religion, (teaching) that some people we must hate, that some people we must destroy," Mr Karzai said on the eve of summits with the US and Pakistan.

He said it "will take a lot of sacrifice from Afghans, and from the rest of the world . . . to get rid of those places who . . . in the name of religious schools . . . are actually training suicide bombers against us".

Mr Karzai also said neighbouring Pakistan must find the political will to eliminate terrorist breeding grounds if Afghanistan is to know peace. He said other nations had to pressure them to do so.

"We have to convince them that it is not in their interest, that it is going to hurt all of us eventually," he was quoted as saying...
H/T Macker's World

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