Last week, the United States designated the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network a “foreign terrorist organization,” placing it alongside Hamas and Al Qaeda. But to what end?
America and its allies have learned a lot over the past decade in Afghanistan. But some fundamentals have remained elusive and shrouded in stereotypes.
To brand a group a foreign terrorist organization is not only a firm declaration that it is an enemy; it also limits America’s future political options. Although it’s possible to be delisted, groups on such lists find it difficult to get off them. Moreover, labeling the Haqqanis terrorists dislodges them from the wider Taliban insurgency, making a comprehensive settlement harder to achieve.… Seguir leyendo »