Despite what U.S. officials would like to believe, no amount of pressure will make Pakistan modify its policies, especially when it comes to reigning in extremists it's been nurturing for more than 30 years.
Did Eichmann and Hussein receive true justice by appearing in courts of law and sentenced to death under the rule of law? Was Osama bin Laden notably and unceremoniously treated to a revenge killing for his crimes?
Studies on families of those who have suffered violent loss suggest that an execution does little to move these families toward a new level of health and functionality, even though they may be active campaigners for capital punishment.
Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.
Osama bin Laden couldn't have picked a more strategic location than a city where the prevailing mentality is "mind your own business" and where citizens refuse to take note of what the neighbors are doing.