From the air, the valley in the foothills of the Hindu Kush looks undisturbed. Green fields amid clusters of drab houses.
A closer look at Swat reveals how well the Pakistani Army fared in its military campaign to wipe out the militants.
The cost of success: massive destruction that is sure to hamper the lives of already suffering residents just starting to trickle back to the homes they fled.
This is going to have a serious backlash on the Pakistani government, and one has to wonder just what form that backlash will take.