Mr Subramanian's remarks about Obama's bravado (Commentary, "Don't overdo," 10 October 2008) are sound and timely. The venom posed by the Taliban and Al-Quaeda is very potent and is capable of destabilizing the countries in the region. The US and the Western world cannot allow that to happen. The solution to the Al-Quaeda/ Taliban phenomenon should be developed by the regional governments with the fullest understanding of the consequences of not doing so and expecting or allowing the US to do it. The US, Europe and the Asian democracies can certainly help the regional governments in appropriate ways.