In an attempt to quell the fighting with Taliban militants, the government in Pakistan's embattled Swat Valley has agreed to allow the extremely conservative Sharia religious law to become the law of the land. When former Army Supply Sergeant Kristen L. Rouse heard that news she was very concerned. As someone who had served along the Afghan border and seen the brutality of the Taliban against
people, even children, who violate the religious strictures she decided to speak out and write a letter to the New York Times. She joins us now as does Christine Fair
, a senior political scientist at The Rand Corporation
and an expert in Pakistan security issues, to discuss the latest developments in the Swat Valley.
Read Kristen L. Rouse's Op-Ed piece, The Children of Asadabad
in today's New York Times.