Oh a scorched earth policy backed up by collective punishment...that's not going to radicalise anyone now is it?<quoted text>
The Taliban are Pashtuns. So is a lot of Pakistan.
Pashtuns will not let anyone they disagree with occupy their territory.
As I posted before, Mullah Omar and the Taliban's mistake was not turning over a non-tribal radical Islamist that had engineered the killing of 3000 innocent people thousands of miles away.
You are trying to excuse bad behavior.
The whole crew of those radicals can be pacified in fairly short order if the political will is exerted. If an IED is exploded, the nearest village or block in a city has 2 hours to evacuate if they don't turn the perps over within that time. Then it gets flattened suddenly. They will be free to stay there afterwards. They will soon start policing themselves.
Thanks for those words of wisdom Lieutenant-General Armchair