Battling the Taliban, not knowing why

Morning Star Online, July 19, 2009
By Ian Sinclair

Who are the Taliban, why are they fighting and what will make them stop?

If you take some time to consider the 22 members of the Taliban who were killed by the US-led coalition in Afghanistan on July 10 according to an Associated Press report, chances are you are probably imagining a group of fanatical, irrational, medieval-minded men hell-bent on destroying the very foundations of Western civilisation.

Or at least that is what Western propaganda would have you believe.

But is this an accurate description of those people violently resisting British forces on the ground in Afghanistan, or merely a simplistic demonisation of the official state enemy?

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