The Taliban “can perhaps be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to each other”, the new bishop for the Armed Forces has said. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph The Rt Rev Stephen Venner argued against demonising the Taliban and said the attitude taken towards them had been “too simplistic”.
"We’ve been too simplistic in our attitude towards the Taliban," Dr Venner said.
"There’s a large number of things that the Taliban say and stand for which none of us in the west could approve, but simply to say therefore that everything they do is bad is not helping the situation because it’s not honest really.
"The Taliban can perhaps be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to each other.
"We must remember that there are a lot of people who are under their influence for a whole range of reasons, and we simply can’t lump all of those together."