We would do well to examine how the United States acts when its own interests are affected. This morning suspected U.S. missiles hit targets in Pakistani tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan, killing at least seven people.

The US military stationed in Afghanistan has made no comment on this. But the United States is the only country operating in the region known to have the capability to launch missiles from drones.

Compare this with India’s position regarding Pakistan. India today made plain its displeasure with the US and UK for not doing enough to get Pakistan to fulfill its promise to take action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks “saying that it would be forced to disregard the call for restraint if Islamabad was not made to behave”.

Why on earth should we care for a US call for restraint when the US is not showing any restraint when their own interests are at stake?

Meanwhile the Pakistani air force has conducted an operation, causing delay to two civilian flights in the eastern city of Lahore, said Muhammad Latif, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines. A Pakistani air force spokesman would only say the air force had “enhanced its vigilance” in view of the situation.

Gilani said Pakistan’s desire for peaceful coexistence should not be taken as weakness.

“However, if war is imposed upon us the whole nation would be united and the armed forces are fully capable of safeguarding and defending the territorial integrity,” Gilani’s office quoted him as telling Pakistan’s high commissioner to India.

India is imposing war upon Pakistan???

What will be India’s next step?

Will we continue to beg for support from western nations who are in no mood to oblige?

Have we no self-confidence or self-respect at all?

Is India destined to stay forever like Hanuman who forgot his own strength? When will a Jambuvantha appear who will remind this Hanuman about his own prowess? Who will dispel this curse of amnesia which has affected our country?