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Why should President Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan include the Taliban in reconciliation talks?

President Karzai should invite the Taliban into dialogue because the group exists as a considerable political entity in Afghanistan, unrivaled in its ability to impede Afghan progress.  Many Afghan politicians have been receptive to the idea because they recognize that reconciliation could be the only way to end the war, an idea validated by the former Head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan. As the years pass, U.S. influence in Afghanistan diminishes.  We should encourage conversation with the Taliban to quell insurgency and seek a non-violent end to our military engagement.