the Taliban used to wear masks; their hiding their faces doubled the terror
the traditional religious leadership was killed to do away with the alternative interpretation of Jihad.
The major finding of the research is that the social contagion of the Taliban began in the name of religion; people’s sensitivity for religion was used to win their support. Later on the contagion was carried on through perpetuation of fear through Fatwas, Shariah verdicts and beheading, flogging and shooting people publicly
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Who, What, How of Pakistan's Taliban
Not the easiest read but a good introduction of how the Taliban in Pakistan extended and maintained control and a way to understand why many are eager to see them gone.