Just whenI was getting a little optimistic about the changing leadership roles in the Taliban I discover another horror story. On Monday in north west Pakistan they blew up five schools. They have now destroyed 180 schools and,of course, banned education for girls.
The Taliban are getting more control in this area of Pakistan which was once an area with a high literacy rate. They appear to be introducing their own judicial code with flogging and hanging common place. Apparently in one week they put 27 bodies in a square in a town – the square is now called slaughterhouse square.
This is happening in Pakistan but it shows why the fight in Afghanistan is so difficult and so dangerous for troops and civilian workers.