I agree with sunny staines that most "terrorist" organisations have a political agenda they want recognition for. This lot don't. They promote killing based on the fact you are not muslim, and say it guarantees a place in paradise to do so.
How do you deal with that? Agree to give up all other religion? Have muslim only days?
They are not the only voice of the muslim community and we should continue to work with those leaders from that community who want to educate all faiths we need to accept difference to be able to live together. Not bow to these murdering scum.
The idea I think is sound, but there are very great differences between this lot and the IRA for instance. It was only discussion that stopped IRA activity, on more than one ocassion. But I simply believe that al qaida would not be interested. As K_elt has said, their philosphy seems to be that anyone not of their ways and beliefs must die, and whoever is responsible for that should be glorified. I can't see any amount of discussion getting through that. But I suppose it won't hurt to try. But the problem that I see is, who will they talk to? Surely not infidels. It will be interesting to see if anyhting comes of this.
Much as I don't like the sound of it (due to what they have done) I can't but feel that he is talking sense. Trying to hunt them down and kill or capture them is all very well but you will never get them all and the ones left free will carry on with their campaign of killing and destruction. Talking to them, as hard as it might be to take, at least gives some chance of peace.