Michael Totten has a great write up on his visit to Karmah in Iraq, please go read it.
This one is particularly important — it shows several lessons that the government in Pakistan should learn. When the terrorists are the people’s only security then the army has no hope of combatting the Taliban in the frontiers.
For years frontier police in Pakistan have let criminal and Taliban gangs run rampant, and so now the extremists have taken on the role of law enforcement in the frontiers as Taliban now patrol the bazaars in Bajaur. That’s a clear sign of failure.