The recent highly embarrassing revelation (well for the US and the UK governments anyway who will have to explain to their people what on earth they have been doing in Afghanistan for the past ten plus years) that a leaked US military report says that the Taliban are confident that they will achieve victory in Afghanistan, reminded me of a rare interview with the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, from September 2001.
Mullah Omar was interviewed by the Voice of America and he was asked what he thought about the US’s recent declaration of a ‘war on terrorism’. He responded:
I am considering two promises. One is the promise of God, the other is that of Bush. The promise of God is that my land is vast. If you start a journey on God’s path, you can reside anywhere on this earth and will be protected… The promise of Bush is that there is no place on earth where you can hide that I cannot find you. We will see which one of these two promises is fulfilled.
The interview can be read here.