Does anyone believe the threat of Islamism will wilt away like a desert gourd? The threat of Islamism did not emerge overnite - and will not disappear without the supreme efforts of those who believe in protecting the hardwon rights of free people. A containment policy vis-a-vis the cold war is - given the existence of a 5th column within the "free nations"- untenable, and at best would perpetuate the status quo while bestowing our enemies the time to perfect their evil plans. The present situation in Pakistan, where the Government has practically capitulated to the Taliban in Swat, does not bode well. The Taliban continue to operate in a large swath of territory along the border with Afghanistan, and in Swat they are only 250 kilometers from Islamabad. Only fools could believe that a Hudna with Taliban Clan leaders would be in our long term interest. Given the presence of a nuclear arsenal in Pakistan, the inability - or unwillingness - of the Pakistani Government and ISI to bring these regions under control is arguably a clear and present danger to the United States. Obama's Afghan surge is not enough.