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Partnering with the Taleban to fight against ISIS-K

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Sep 3, 2021 at 20:21

Dear Dr Pipes: I recently read a news report about the possiility of Pentagon collaborating with the Taleban in fighting ISIS-K (ref1). Can someone correctly identify who fought against whom in Syria with or against ISIS and if the friends of that time are still friendly with each other? I doubt that these identifications are possible. The world must by now understand that Islamic alliances and enmities are meaningless and they have no long term value. First of all these alliances and enmities are not based on any virtues or ethical or, even, economic principles. They are based on the label "Islam". For Muslims, whoever bears the label Islam, is a (temporary) friend and whoever does not bear the tag is an infidel andis an enemy. And, then, even if these alliances are formed based on Islam, they have no permanence. You see, Muhammad, did not design a perfect Islam. He franchised violence to all Muslims on bahalf of Islam and did not write the operational manual in full consistency. There is no room of consensus or collective judgment in Islam and whoever thinks that they can protect Allah, Muhammad and Islam better than others can put Q5-33 to their good use. So factions keep forming.

This is the misfortune of Islam: each one of the 2 billion Muslims in the world believes that Islam is the best thing in the world since before sliced bread and needs to be constantly defended violently against all different thoughts. And. each one of them chooses to defend it whenever they wake up and find themselves with a gun, sword, or stone.

So, pentagon must not make alliances with the Taleban. They are sure to stab America in the back. Pentagon should follow Donald Trump's advice: they should just go and bomb all American arms sitting idle in Afghanistan. Otherwise, they will be misused or sold to China for duplication.

What else Pentagon do? They should make alliance with whomever wants to protect their border against the Taleban. Is it Iran? unlikely. Is it Pakistan? Can't trust them. Tajekistan? Are they still communists or have they become Muslims (hint: communists are better). How about India on the East and Israel way deep in the West? Yes, India and Israel are likely to be the next victoms of the Taleban *AND* ISIS-K. USA should make alliance with India and Israel. Those will be decent borders to protect. And, that those alliances may be based on some ethical principles.

Please. Please. Please. Pentagon. Do not partner with the Taleban to counter ISIS-K. Repeating the same mistake over and over again is lunacy. But wIll Joe and Kamala understand this simple wisdom?

ref1: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/02/world/afghanistan-news

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