There can be no lasting truces with terrorists, as Pakistani leaders are learning. We hope they also are coming to understand that arranging cease-fires with organizations such as the Taliban merely strengthens the terrorists and makes the inevitable day of reckoning bloodier.
For more than a year, the Pakistani government has attempted to coexist peacefully with the Taliban. A cease-fire arrangement was worked out for a small area of Pakistan, the Swat Valley. The Taliban were given a substantial amount of authority to govern that region.
They launched a reign of terror in the Swat Valley and began to use it as a base for attacks on other areas of the country.
At last, the Pakistani government has had enough. It has sent its army into the Swat Valley in an attempt to regain control of the area.
It will be more difficult to regain control of the Swat Valley than it would have been to defend it from the Taliban. The year-long truce has allowed the Taliban to use terror tactics to gain control over some of the area's population, to bring in arms and to erect some fortifications.
We have suggested previously that the U.S. government should provide any aid needed by the Pakistanis to retake the Swat Valley. As that campaign proceeds, we hope it teaches a lesson to world leaders: There can be no compromises, no truces, with terrorists.