The fight for Pakistan continues as its army is engaged in serious battles with Taliban forces in the Swat Valley. The battle is now in the fourth week as planes, helicopters and ground troops attempt to dislodge the Taliban from their defensive positions. The Pakistan military says it is closing in on the capital of Swat and are now in Mingora. A Pakistan officer claims the “ground offensive has now started in the cities and the towns, before that we were fighting in the countryside.”
As usual the Pakistan government offers casualty reports that no one can confirm or deny. The best news is an agreement among a wide range of political leaders to support the current action in the Swat valley. Perhaps, Pakistan politicians have finally obtained the glimmer of understanding their nation’s main enemy is not India, but the Taliban. If they can unite behind that understanding, there is hope of defeating the Taliban.