The most surprising thing is that quite a lot of people still support the Swat operation. The question is why? Around 3 weeks have passed since the operation started but until now, not a single Taliban commander has been captured or killed. The war is seemingly not harming the Taliban at all but is ruining the local population. I think we need to understand the feelings of our brothers and should persuade the government to stop this operation. We have exaggerated the seriousness of the operation so much that we have allowed ourselves to be cruel. -ZAINAB MEHBOOB, Karachi, via e-mail, June 15.