: And a measure of gratitude?
KARZAI: Measure of gratitude to the American people, yes, definitely, for all that help given to us and for all the assistance provided and for the training of the Afghan army and the Afghan police and all that. But on the war on terror, it’s the United States that has to be grateful to Afghanistan. It’s our soil that’s — that’s being used. It’s our people that are put in danger every day for a purpose which is not only ours, which is also America’s, which is also European, which is also the rest of the world, in which Afghanistan is in the front line.
SAWYER: But Americans feel they’re also — it’s, in a sense — well, can I say this…
KARZAI: Sure, go ahead. Go ahead.
SAWYER: … think I can say a war on Taliban, but the American people also feel that lives are being sacrificed to keep the Taliban from returning.
KARZAI: We — we are not against the Taliban returning, if they return…
SAWYER: But to power?
KARZAI: … if they return peacefully to their own country, accepting the Afghan constitution, accepting Afghanistan’s way of life, and accepting to come back and live in their old country peacefully, within the laws of the country, and contest for — for government or power through the legitimate means. That’s all right. We are actually working very hard to make that happen.
But those who are with Al Qaida, those who are with terrorist networks, those who are the enemies of all of us, who are bound to kill our children here and in Washington and in Islamabad and in Jeddah or in — in Marrakech or in Egypt or in Germany, of course, they have to be dealt with accordingly and not allowed to return.
SAWYER: And it is a worthy sacrifice of lives for all?
KARZAI: For the safety and security of the rest of us in the world, it is a worthy sacrifice, yes. I hope it wouldn’t happen. I hope we wouldn’t need it. But it is, unfortunately, a reality, and we have to face it.
SAWYER: Mr. President, it is so good to see you again.
KARZAI: Very good to see you, ma’am. Most welcome.