But apparently, ISAF and the Taliban are also taking their war to the cutting edge — by fighting in cyberspace, on social media. (Before I get into the details, a few credits: Kudos to @Transitionland for spotting the encounter. And admittedly, the best home for something like this is BoomTweet, but I just can’t resist posting it here.)
It all began with ISAF tweeting the following about the horrific Kabul attacks that lasted more than 20 hours:
To which @ABalkhi, thought to be a Taliban spokesperson, slapped back a response within minutes:
To which @ISAFmedia retorted by citing UN statistics about civilian casualties to prove that the Taliban are, indeed, the bad guys:
The sarcasm of the question isn’t lost on @ABalkhi, who replies with his own interrogative — and it’s not supposed to be a trick question:
Update (11:38 a.m. EST): But later, @ISAFmedia came back taunting @alemarahweb — thought to be another one of the several Taliban Twitter accounts — by posting a video of Gen. John Allen visiting his soldiers after the attack.
This parallels — and dare I say, surpasses — the drama of the Tea Party Republican debates that occupy my TV screen nowadays. But beyond the entertainment value, the added advantage is that no-one has to lose their life in this battle. It’s like two elephants fighting and the grass remaining unharmed.
PS: Unlike previous encounters, these two elephants are fairly evenly matched.