The Taliban and Osama bin Laden are under the control of religion as much as their followers are. They are not simply using it as a tool to gain their subordinates' support and further their own secular goals. They act out of religious belief, not personal motivation.
Originally posted by [stealth]
Blaming problems on Religion is as bad as people who use Religion to justify their actions.
Now he and the Taliban rule with an iron fist - what they say goes. They are using the Islamic Religion to justify their beliefs and to keep people in check. Islam is not to blame! It has been manipulated and construed in such a way by the Taliban, so that it suits their purposes.
This is not a conflict of religion.
The UN, NATO, and the US are not out to get every Islamic man, woman and child. Whilst the Taliban may declare Jihad they have indeed taken the notion of a holy war in order to justify their actions.
It is a conflict of the haves and the have-nots.