Home with the Taliban

In a fascinating piece for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Watson catches up with a group of Taliban fighters in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Though they were kicked out of power seven years ago and have been waging an insurgent war ever since, the Taliban ride through “enemy territory” like they own the place, their guns and long knives hidden under their heavy woolen cloaks, as government troops look the other way. They live comfortably in farming villages, training recruits, and follow the Pashtun code that demands a host protect the life of a guest before his own. And during their down time, they watch Al-Jazeera—where images of Israeli bombing in Gaza makes them more determined than ever to fight. As for Obama, he’s “just another infidel” to them.