During the past year, the Taliban has lost the support of a high percent of the Pakistan population due to their actions in places like the Swat Valley. Pictures and stories about flogging women or killing innocent men as well as the general thug attitudes of enforcing one’s will upon a population has resulted in Pakistanis finally securing an objective understanding of what life under the rule of Talibans would entail. Pew Global Attitudes discovered in its survey that 70% of Pakistanis oppose the militants. In 2008, only 33% of Pakistanis had negative attitudes toward the Taliban. The bad news is that 64% don’t particularly like the United States.
The only bright news in the survey was that about 53% of Pakistanis would like to see an improvement in their relations with the United States. Most probably an economic thrust by the United States would be welcome in Pakistan even more than more military aid.