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Taliban Should Work With U.S., Scott Atran Says: Author On 'Morning Joe' Talks Afghanistan Conflict (VIDEO)

First Posted: 10/27/10 12:54 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

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Scott Atran, in promoting his new book, "Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists," said on "Morning Joe" that we should work with the Taliban: "We've got to bring the Taliban into some sort of broad-based government."

"The only thing we have to be sure about is they sever ties with Al-Qaeda and they don't hang Karzai from a lamppost," Atran continued, "because they would look really bad for us."

Atran went on to say that "the Taliban and Al-Qaeda were never very close."

The allegiance between the two organizations was further discussed, when Atran confirmed the idea that the Taliban never really wanted to be involved with Osama bin Laden.

"And then after 9/11, of course, they all met and they tried to figure out how to dis-invite their troublesome guest."

Pat Buchanan asked Atran what cause the young Taliban are fighting for.

"Their custom is simply to guard their homeland as they've always seen it, including the separation of women in the public sphere."

"Basically all they want is to be left alone."

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Filed by Gabe Habash  |