Swat Valley Nightmare
The New York Times made an incredibly moving video about what it’s like to live in Swat under the rule of the Taliban. The barbarism on display is repugnant: dead bodies in the streets as a warning against dissent; radios barking orders prohibiting girl’s education; storekeepers intimidated from selling products to women. Please watch the entire 14-minute video.
The idea that the Taliban will stop at Swat flies in the face of Taliban irredentism since its inception in Pakistan a few short years ago. With Pakistani and Afghan officials in Washington to talk about their future cooperation with the Obama administration, it’s important to see Swat as a prologue for what the Taliban wish to do to a nuclear-armed country.