Payments to Taleban - another way to keep peace?
Last year, 10 French soldiers were killed in an allegedly calm area, Sarobi which is located located east of Kabul. About a month before this incident took place, the area was given over to French soldiers by Italians.
What caused the peaceful area to become so unpeaceful in a moment? The fact is, it never was that peaceful in the first place. It turned out that Italian secret service had been paying off Taleban commanders to keep the peace. Taleban was payed tens of thousands of dollars according to The Times.
A senior NATO officer in Kabul didn't really feel too bad about paying Taleban saying "It might well make sense to buy off local groups and use non-violence to keep violence down. But it is madness to do so and not inform your allies."
Which obviously is the main reason the French were attacked in this peaceful area.
But is it really a good idea to buy off local groups in order to keep peace? It's like saying "Don't fly our planes into the WTC and we'll pay you.". Well, yes, there is something in there, but I'm not sure just paying the insurgents is a good idea.
But I think Italians did get closer to the truth - money IS the answer. Or to be more exact - free trade. We must offer them something we could all benefit from. And by the end of the day, introducing them the concept of free trade might do the trick. Obviously it's not as simple as that, but the main point should work here.
But paying insurgents off, not telling your successors about it and get them killed that way....are we really better than insurgents?