It’s finally coming to a head. This is the most important battle the world has seen since the surge in Iraq.
Pak troops outnumber the militants three to one, but the usual Taliban tactics of using human shields will cause considerable trouble. Pakistan must push this to an end. Stopping short of the utter destruction of as many fighters as possible will be disastrous. A Taliban which survives intact will using the inevitable destruction as propaganda.
The Taliban may have over reached in their recent violations of the Swat Valley peace treaty. Had they taken their time and recruited from the starving, illiterate masses, their army would have been considerably larger.