Curiously, it reads very much like an American guide to military operations in civilian populations: be polite, do not kill non-combatants, avoid torture and mutilation, stay out of peoples homes, and so on. Great stuff, but there seems to be evidence that none of it is being obeyed.
CNN obtained thisthe Czar wont ask howin Afghanistan, and folks on the American side as well as the Afghan side find it ruefully funny. The Czar doubts these books are being carried by any ṭālib, unless his job is to drop them in places where they are likely to be found by civilians.
Hey, the discoverer is supposed to think, these Taliban sound like really cool guys. Look at the rules they play by. Nice fonts, too.
What this means to the Czar is that the Taliban realize they are losing the psychological war, badly. Pakistan, in particular, showed that given a choice between the brutality of Sunni Šarīʿah Islamism, and secular, American-style democracy, the people will choose the latter because you and your loved ones tend to live. The American plan tends to live up to the hype. Imagine: we now live in a world where millions of Pakistanis are liking us for the first time.
Ergo, the Taliban realize, if you want public support, you need to stop shooting them in view of their families, cutting the corpses heads off, and then raping the surviving family before robbing them and slicing their ears and noses off.
Or at the very least, say you dont do these things. Who knows? Maybe theyll believe it.