They’re a day early this year, but the Taliban’ s boss, Mullah Omar (a.k.a. “the Amir-ul-Momineen of Afghan resistance”) has issued an “end of Ramadan” message in English on its Voice of Jihad web page (PDF of statement at non-terrorist sit here).

A few highlights:

1)  They still want foreign troops out of Afghanistan.

“Our goal is to gain independence of the country and establish a just Islamic system there on the basis of the aspirations of the Muslim nation. We can consider any option that could lead to the achievement of this goal. We have left open all options and ways towards this end. However, this will only be feasible when the country is free from the trampling steps of the invading forces and has gained independence.”

2)  They want to like the alternative, kinder, gentler governing alternative.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has distinctive and useful plans for the future of Afghanistan under the shade of the just social system of Islam after the withdrawal of the foreign forces. They include rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructure, advancement and development of the educational sector, industrializations of the country and development of agriculture ….  The Islamic Emirate (IE) believes in social and internal reform as well as in positive initiatives in the context of Sharia.”

3)   They will be harsh on anyone softening and talking to ISAF or Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate considers the purge of its ranks and self-accountability an everlasting and necessary obligation.  The enemy has faced defeat in the field of the battle and it is not far way that it will swallow the bitter poison of a complete defeat.  But as a last tactic, it is trying to spread seed of disunity and division among the nation to turn its defeat into victory. “

4)  They’re really trying to be good neighbours.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants to maintain good and positive relations with all neighbors based on mutual respect and open a new chapter of good neighborliness of mutual cooperation and  economic development.  We consider the whole region as a common home against colonialism and want to play our role in peace and stability of the region. We assure all countries that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as a responsible force, will not extend its hand to cause jeopardy to others as it itself does not allow others to jeopardize us.”

5)  They still read the papers.

“Even if (the Coalition) are not ready to review the loss and benefits of these years, at least, they should ponder over the consequences of the extensive operations launched under the name of Khanjar “sword” and the panther’s claw. What did they achieve?  Is this disgrace and historical defeat not enough for them (to take lesson)?”

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the public of the West not to be deceived by the assertions of Obama, who says the war in Afghanistan, is a war of necessity …. The public of the West should also not be deceived by the assertions of the General Secretary of NATO and British Prime Minister who claim the war in Afghanistan is for the defense of the West. “

More on the statement from the Associated Press, the Afghan Islamic Press, AFP, and VOA.

Keep enjoying the lies!

Update: A bit of welcome context from the Canada-Afghanistan Blog.

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