COMMENT: I strongly suggest that our readers review a "must-read" piece from THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE (http://www.tribune.com.pk) entitled "Is It Time for Pakistan to Reconsider the US as its Ally?"
See the link below:
As with all sovereign nations, Pakistan must take whatever political and economic courses of action that favorably reflect on its national interests.
That being said, where Iran, Russia and China are concerned, particularly in light of current events, a number of nations often align themselves with like-minded nations.
The above statement suggests that executive decisions are often motivated by ideological, energy, manufacturing, trade imbalances and religious considerations.
The unfortunate outcome in far too many cases are weighed solely on the basis of one government's national interests when compared to other countries' economic offerings.
The only downside, as I see it, is that Iran, China, Pakistan and Russia all think in terms of long-term goals (decades, for instance) whereas the US and the EU incorrectly plan for only the here-and-now.
The fact that Pakistan, based on the link cited above, is already planning for decades ahead economically, should amount to a "wake-up" call for Washington.
Several years ago, I served as a US anti-terrorism instructor in Pakistan. During one class in particular, having to do with the lessons-learned from the events of September 11, 2001, when polled, most of the class participants believed that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a hoax orchestrated by the US Government.