Taliban Condemn Obama Nobel Peace Prize

The USG Open Source Center Translates the Taliban reaction to President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Afghan Taleban ‘strongly’ condemn Obama peace prize – agency
Afghan Islamic Press
Friday, October 9, 2009
Document Type: OSC Translated Text

Afghan Taleban “strongly” condemn Obama peace prize – agency
Text of report by private Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press news agency
Kabul, 9 October: Taleban says Obama is following Bush’s pathway.

Talking to the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) on US President Obama’s winning of noble peace prize, Taleban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed said that Obama was following Bush’s path so it would not be correct to declare him as Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mojahed added that they did not see any change in Bush and Obama’s policy. Obama is also following up Bush’s policies and it was not suitable for him to win the peace prize. We strongly condemn this act, he said.

He added that if Obama really wanted peace all over the world he should pull his troops out of Afghanistan so there will be peace in Afghanistan and all over the world.

Mojahed said that since Obama took office the war has continued in Afghanistan and that US troops had killed and wounded thousands of Afghans and forced them to leave their houses, and that the war was still going on.

“Our nation is occupied by US and other nations, so how is it possible that Obama wins peace prize?”, he said.

He said that if US President Barack Obama really wants peace all over the world he should withdraw his forces from Afghanistan and send a real message of peace to the entire world.

(Description of Source: Peshawar Afghan Islamic Press in Pashto — Peshawar-based agency, staffed by Afghans. The agency used to have good contacts with Taliban leadership; however, since the fall of the Taliban regime, it now describes itself as independent and self-financing)

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  1. Dear Professor Cole

    I disagree with the Taleban's parochial view that President Obama does not deserve the Prize.

    If you glanced at the New York Times on Sunday morning you will have seen the rather triumphant announcement of an agreement between Turkey and Armenia which paves a way to open a route for Caspian Gas to the West. Apparently Mrs Clinton spent the afternoon beating the Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers around the head to get them to sign but that is practical politics.

    Getting this to happen without setting off the murderous wars in those godforsaken mountains all over again is a major triumph. I am not sure there are enough soldiers anymore to put those wars out if they start again.

    Other achievements include

    Starting the preparatory steps of Sam Nunn's plan to rid the world of the obsolescent but dangerous nuclear weapons, and breaking out of the fifty year old mindset of the cold warriors

    Allowing the Israeli government to paint itself into a corner where they show themselves to be as visionary, responsible and aware of the Zeitgeist as the Loyal Orange Order. Nuclear transparency, as the King of Jordan pointed out this week applies to them too.

    Removing the confrontational Ballistic Missile shield planned for Eastern Europe and allowing Russia to back off from its position of having to defend itself by supplying air defence systems to Iran.

    Getting the Iranians to say that they will buy Enriched Uranium from anyone who will sell it to them is more progress than was achieved in the eight years prior to Obama's inauguration

    So even if the Taleban votes "null points" because they have a 100 thousand troops in their(?) country, I am inclined to agree with the Norwegians.

  2. Oh yes. THEY have standing to make a complaint, don't they?

  3. When i heard these news i thought is really he deserve it???????

    after some time, i realize why he deserve it .. what he had done in the past month….

  4. The Taliban's statement was also released in an official English translation, which the center seems to have used. They sometimes seem to pass of already-existing translations as their own.

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