'This Week' Transcript: Karzai, Khan and Levitt

LEVITT: Well, there is some part of it that feels very familiar, you know. Peter Stuyvesant refused to allow synagogues to be built in New York in the 1600s. It took an act of Congress here in Washington to allow a synagogue to be built. In Connecticut, there were no synagogues allowed to be built in the 1600s and the 1700s. The British wouldn't allow synagogues to be built in New York City. So, we understand some of this pain, and yet we've also experienced a tremendous amount of support in this country, so I think we actually are in a position to both understand and be helpful, to support religious tolerance in this country.

AMANPOUR: The last word, do you think it will go ahead?

KHAN: Of course it has to go ahead. There's so much at stake.


KHAN: There's too much at stake. We have to go ahead with this project.

AMANPOUR: Daisy Khan, Rabbi Joy Levitt, thank you so much for talking to us.

KHAN: Thank you.

LEVITT: Thank you.

AMANPOUR: And you can find out more information on Islam in America and how American Muslims view themselves on our web site, abcnews.com/this week. And we will have more on the mosque debate next on our roundtable, with George Will, Robert Reich, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt.

AMANPOUR: Former Governor Rod Blagojevich found guilty this week on one count of lying to the FBI, and that's just one of the topics for our roundtable with George Will; Robert Reich of the American Prospect; Judy Woodruff of the PBS Newshour, and Bloomberg's Al Hunt. Thank you all for joining us here today.

George, we're going to talk about Rod Blagojevich later on, but first, President Karzai and Afghanistan, basically saying that there is no reconciliation with the Taliban yet, just some informal contacts.

WILL: And what interesting contacts they must be, because what he said to you this morning was that in order to bring the war to a conclusion, he has to convince the Taliban, who come in various sorts -- there are those who are in it for the money, there are those who are in it for the convictions -- he has to bring the Taliban to accept a normal civilian life. Surely, the fighting is about what counts as or should count as a normal civilian life.

When the surge began and with the president's speech last December, he said our task is to destroy the momentum of the Taliban, conceding thereby that they had the momentum. Secretary Gates three Sundays ago talking to you said we must degrade the Taliban to bring them to the table.

Now Karzai says they must come to the table accepting a most un-Taliban sense of what normal civilian life should be.

AMANPOUR: What do you think about that? I mean, clearly, a lot of people believe that the Taliban didn't wage war for all these years against Afghanistan simply to now accept the Afghan constitution, accept women's rights to education and all their other human rights. But certainly, as you heard, many women are very worried about an agreement with the Taliban.

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