Early on in the piece the Sentinel states that Hakimullah is different from his predecessors because he was too young to fight the Soviets. This is a point that I would bet most of us haven't thought about. As this war progresses I believe there will be a shift from the "Old Guard" to the new kids on the block that may have drastic implications. It's speculation but most people believe that Uday and Qusay were going to be more ruthless than daddy. I think we should start to categorize the Taliban leadership between the former CIA supported Mujahdeen and the current CIA targeted Taliban. Now obviously some from the former category are still leading the current one but there are some ideological differences between the old guard and the up and coming Taliban. The Soviets drew first blood and it was a noble fight for the Muj. Al Qaeda not only brought with them the military might of America but also radical teachings of Jihad to the youth. As I am writing this the Madrasas in FATA/NWFP are cranking at full steam. As the Sentinel points out Hakimullah and many of his peers didn't complete their religious training before they joined the fight, I wonder what parts of the Koran are not covered until the end? I think there will be a tipping point as more radical individuals join the fight. If the Taliban becomes increasingly radical, will we see Anbar style disenfranchisement from the Afghani/Pakistani locals? The Sentinel also points out that Hakimullah has a possible sectarian agenda. In Iraq the insurgency exploded much in part from AQI fanning the flames. In Afghanistan there was already a network of fighters and tribal leaders that were solidified in their roles. I think it is possible that Al Qaeda's methodology may have taken longer to catch fire in Afghanistan and Pakistan because the Taliban already had a working system where in Iraq there really wasn't the same infrastructure. The last thing I want to add is I instantaneously started to think about this topic as I read the Sentinel, I haven't had a chance to do any actual research on this.