World 10 November 2010 Quote of the day Our former man in Kabul on our self-defeating strategy in Afghanistan. Print HTML The more Taliban we kill, the more difficult in the end it is going to be to negotiate a sustainable settlement. These people were never defeated in 2001, they were pushed down to the south and the east. Until they are brought into the political settlement there won't be peace in Afghanistan. * Sherard Cowper-Coles, Britain's former envoy to Afghanistan, speaking on the "Today" programme › 7 in 10 voters back decision to unseat Phil Woolas Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe More Related articles Nineties boyband 5ive pull out of pro-Brexit concert, after learning it was “political” Indie band The 1975 want to “sue the government” over the Electoral Commission’s latest advert What will it take for people to care about climate change?