"In Swat, the army has been unable to stop the burning of more than 100 girls schools or the murders of politicians and their families. About one-third of the police force has deserted in Swat, and some of the deserters have joined the Taliban, even as trainers, according to senior police officials.
In Bajaur, more than 200,000 people have fled, becoming refugees in appalling conditions in makeshift camps.
The villagers in Buner say they would prefer to handle the Taliban on their own, rather than have the heavy hand of the army come and do it for them.
They did it with gusto, later lining up the bodies of their Taliban victims at a hospital like trophies so citizens could take a closer look.
“We don’t want happening here, what is happening around us,” said Mohammed Zada, a retired bank manager, and a driving force behind the peace council. “The people are very unified so the Taliban failed. We are dead set against the army, too.”" NY Times
In the end only the people can reject the extremists. This is the great lesson that the US should have re-learned in Iraq. pl