Stephen Schwartz, The Weekly Standard | May 21, 2009
The claim it is possible to divide Taliban moderates from radicals is based on desperation for a strategic response and not historical reflection and hard analysis. ++ The Taliban are the fiercest and most inflexible Sunni-based extremists with intolerance for differences in Islam. ++ Their genocide against the Hazara epitomizes their brutality. ++ Unlike other Muslim extremists, they lack incentives to search opportunistic diplomacy or electoral tactics. ++ The West must stop its appeasement and wake up to the lethal challenge.