Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pakistan Can't Do Swat

A couple of days ago the Pakistani government essentially handed over the Swat Valley to the Taliban allowing them to impose Sharia law in exchange for a ceasefire.

The Swat Valley used to be a tourist area known as "the Switzerland of Pakistan."

Do you get the feeling the Taliban could take over Pakistan anytime it wants?

I am not longing for the return of Pervez Musharraf. He was no more effective against the Taliban and might have actually been helping it. Musharraf had no problem turning over North Waziristan over to the Taliban back in September 2006.

Of course, the West hopes the Swat Valley will be sufficient to satiate the Taliban. But what if the Taliban gets hungry and decides satiate its appetite in Islamabad?

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