The Monitor's View Taliban massacre of children: how Pakistan must now change

The Taliban massacre of school children, meant to avenge a military offensive, has stirred political leaders to unite. Perhaps this will lead to firm civilian control of the military and put an end to leniency toward all types of armed groups outside state authority.

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On Tuesday, Taliban militants in Pakistan killed 141 people – 132 of whom were children – at a school, not only shocking the conscience of the world but perhaps setting in motion a reaction that the jihadist group did not intend. Just like the United States after 9/11, Pakistan may never be the same after this galvanizing assault.