Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a fresh appeal to Taliban supremo Mullah Mohammed Omar to join peace negotiations, guaranteeing immunity from foreign forces.
Karzai, who often insisted that negotiating with the militants would not include Mullah Omar, changed his stance during a press conference held in his presidential palace Tuesday.
He even went to the extent of inviting the Taliban leader, who is one of the most wanted persons on Washington's terrorist list, to join his ministry.
This would have been a logical thing to do right after Karzai was "elected"; but it may have come too little and too late at this point.
Mullah Omar has nothing to lose by continuing his strikes against US and NATO forces, where the troop strength, according to the US military's own protocol, was always far too low to successfully occupy Afghanistan.