As long as muslims have only likes of Talibans to offer as alternative to the
western imperial power there is no hope. Talibans are basically trained only
in religious scriptures and how to strictly adhere to rituals mentioned in koran
and hadith. Their aim is to only make the people follow certain lifestyle so that
they are awarded continuous eating and pleasures after death, which are denied
to them and considered haram while on earth. They have little to offer to the
society befitting 21st century and if and when they come to power, society will
suffer more than under Western subjugation.
Muslims intelligentsia should decide what social contract they offer to the
society to make it stable, peaceful and prosperous and also compatible for
21st century. Taking back it to 7th century will only ruin muslim societies.
Educated societies will have little attraction for taliban style government
and they will constantly live on handouts from the western powers for their
daily survival even for basic amenities. Of course no one does charity unless
they extract something more precious in return like natural resources.