Has the Pakistani government, after years of vacillation, finally gotten serious about eliminating the Taliban threat? Maybe.TAGGED: Pakistan
For the first time since 9/11, Pakistan's army has begun a decisive military offensive to drive the Pakistani Taliban and other extremist groups out of South Waziristan, one of the seven tribal agencies that border Afghanistan.
This offensive follows a successful eight-week campaign to drive the Pakistani Taliban from the Swat Valley, where the army claims to have killed 1,500 militants and lost 134 officers and soldiers.
But it remains to be seen whether the government will be able to overturn the army's longtime support for the Taliban.
I recently interviewed dozens of refugees from the Swat fighting who have swamped...