The Taliban and the PLO

The story below is not a history lesson; it is a cautionary tale.  What happens when the United States ignores the nature and behavior of an adversary and pretends that a) people wedded to a violent ideology and believing deeply in their ultimate victory will accept less and allow their enemy to "win" as well; and b) legitimizes them and providing concessions will get them to do it? In 2006, a 1973 State Department memo regarding the murder of two American and one Belgian diplomat in Sudan was declassified.  It acknowledged, "The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and head of Fatah." That was generally believed to be the case, but still it was a shock to see that the United States government had known (then) for 33 years that Arafat, murderer of Israelis and Jews, was also the murderer of Cleo Noel, George Curtis Moore, and Guy Eid, Western...(Read Full Article)