The answer from those organizing and supporting the 2009 Peace Festival must be, unequivocally, in the negative. As they continue working to overthrow the alleged American occupation of Afghanistan (an act which would clearly favor the resurgent Taliban) one must ask whether they’ve really thought things out very far.
It should be obvious to the various feminist and reproductive rights groups present at the festival that their agenda will be the very first to go when Afghanistan gives up on democracy in favor of theocracy. Women will once again be objects of submission in every possible sense, including especially the giving over of all sexual and reproductive rights to their husbands.
PFLAG and other LGBT rights groups were also present in force at the event, openly signing petitions which would have the ultimate effect of allowing the reinstatement of a regime in which the ruling clerics have mandated burying homosexuals alive for the crime of sodomy. These clerics are alive and well, and looking forward to a time when the NATO forces no longer stand between them and the reimposition of Sharia.
Members of the Bahá'í, Buddhist, Urantian and Unitarian faiths (among others) were also on hand, along with various freethinkers, any of whom would be unmercifully and unflinchingly killed (along with any converts they might make) on account of furthering apostasy from the one true faith mandated under Taliban rule.
Various to the environmentalist groups were also on hand, and it should be enough to point out that the Taliban went so far as to ban the use of any recycled materials on religious grounds, because they might well have little sacred bits embedded therein.
Finally, as to the various dancers, artists, and musicians, do not think for a moment that your heretical and sinful arts will be allowed under the new (old) regime. The Talibs famously banned nearly every artistic expression that you can name as contrary to piety.
This is an open challenge to everyone who worked at the Peace Festival. Ask yourself the following fairly simple question: Will my political or religious causes be furthered or even tolerated under a resurgent Taliban regime? If the answer is no, you should ask yourself why you have been asked to support a precipitous withdrawal of the international forces now standing between that nation and an utter collapse back into totalitarian theocracy. Think about it. Perhaps civil rights are worth fighting for, and not merely in the metaphorical sense. Sometimes a sternly worded letter just isn’t enough.