So much for containing Al Qaeda. The pendulum of Middle East and Islamic world crises has swung aggressively toward Pakistan, a supposed friend of the U.S., who has seceded territory to the Taliban in the midst of US-led airstrikes against the terrorist group, in-fighting within the nation's parliament, and oh yeah, those ties to last November's attacks in Mumbai.
I'll let the experts at the New York Times and the Washington Post tell you why America should care, a lot, about Pakistan.
If you can't stomach editorials, then I strongly encourage you to watch this 14 minute documentary made by the NYT about the tide of tyranny that has swept over northern Pakistan. "Class Dismissed in Swat Valley" takes a look at one young girl's anguish as she is forced to stop attending school by the Taliban. This is just one of the many privations and horrors that await residents of this area, and it's a harbinger of what's to come for the rest of Pakistan and the world, for we know what happens when the Taliban is allowed to recruit and train terrorists.