So checking on the news services I found this article. It details the capture of a Taleban stronghold by the Pakistan Army, in the Swat valley. http://www.comcast.net/articles/news...0/AS.Pakistan/
This offensive came about when the Taleban failed to stick to an agreement with the Pakistan government about sticking to the Swat valley and laying down their arms.
I think that this is a positive for Pakistan, they made an agreement, the terms were broken so the Army was sent in. But what are the long term implications?
As the article suggests, will the Taleban retrench into Pakistan, making it seem as if they've fled Afghanistan, if so how long will the political will in the US & NATO hold out to keep working in Afghanistan? Also how long can Pakistan keep this fight going in their country? To ask for ground support from NATO would be political suicide, so how will they keep up this offensive - if at all?
For me I reckon that the best approach is to workat it at like eating an elephant, one piece at a time - but this will mean a long and drawn out fight, reminiscent of Sri Lanka & Chechnya, so will the Pakistani population be up for this?