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October 8th, 2009
10:42 AM ET

U.S.-Pakistan goals coming into alignment

Militant attacks, such as this one in Islamabad on Monday, are turning the Pakistani population against jihadists.

Militant attacks, such as this one in Islamabad on Monday, are turning the Pakistani population against jihadists.

Peter Bergen
CNN

It hasn't been too often in the past couple of years that you could write about good news from Pakistan. But if there is a silver lining to the atrocities that have plagued the country in the past several years, it is the fact that the Pakistani public, government and military are increasingly seeing the jihadist militants on their territory in a hostile light.

The Taliban's assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the country's most popular politician; al Qaeda's bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad; the attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore; the widely circulated video images of the Taliban flogging a 17-year-old girl; and multiple large-scale attacks on Pakistani police and army installations by the Taliban have provoked real revulsion among the Pakistani public.

In fact, historians will likely record the Taliban's decision to move earlier this year from Pakistan's Swat Valley into Buner District, only 60 miles from Islamabad, as the tipping point that finally galvanized Pakistan to confront the fact that the jihadist monster it had helped to spawn was now trying to swallow its creator.

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  1. Cindy

    It's about time that the Pakistani government sees the light and is starting to align with the U.S. and really wanting to eradicate the Taliban from their midst. I guess you can only take so much killing before you have to come to the realization that you can't just live and let live any more. Hopefully we can work together way more with Pakistan and rid the region of the nuts.

    Cindy..Ga.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:01 am |