A must-read collection of links on Nir Rosen’s highly controversial “embed” with the Taliban.
I’m not buying the argument that journalists somehow are morally excused or above the legal obligations of other American citizens in dealing with an enemy in an armed conflict with the United States. Rosen’s personal daring, talent or whether he may have uncovered valuable information in Pushtunistan or not ( negotiation and deal-making is a historic component of Afghan tribal warfare) isn’t the point. If I openly sold the Taliban medical supplies or collected donations for them, I’m pretty sure the FBI would arrive at my door in short order. What’s the moral difference if your business involves a laptop and information rather than shipping physical goods ? Any?
On a related note.
Conceptually rich handful of slides in PDF format.
Center for Contemporary Conflict – The Strategy of Containment in Fighting Terrorism
The Jamestown Foundation – Taming the ISI: Implications for Pakistan’s Stability and the War on Terrorism
That’s it !