Taliban speak of the liberation of Afghanistan, seek dialogue

There is currently panic in Kabul. What seemed unthinkable a week ago has now become reality. The Taliban are back with a lightning campaign – and with them their radical horror ideology that girls are married at an early age and are not allowed to go to school. That women are not allowed to work and have a career. That under the Islamist Sharia jurisprudence again public death sentences are carried out in the football stadium in Kabul.

But so far the Taliban seem to strive to be reformed and more urbane. The country is completely under their control. But foreigners who try to flee via airlifts are not prevented from reaching Kabul airport. In the conquered capital, no collaborators are driven through the streets and publicly humiliated and punished. No search parties of the divine radicals conduct house searches to round up enemies of Islam.