When Allies Fall Apart
Pakistan is shell-shocked today at US fury. Except for the brief ZAB interregnum, it was always proud of being America’s most allied ally.
An attachment of a small or weak toward a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter. It is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another...it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that
By S.G. Jilanee character,” said George Washington in his farewell address.
There can be no truer assessment. But how many among Pakistani intellectuals, diplomats, politicians and generals ever heard of it or thought on these lines? Had they ,then Ayub Khan should not have whined, “Friends not Masters” while at the same time jumping on to the SEATO and CENTO bandwagons and allowing the US to use Pakistani territory to fly surveillance missions into the Soviet Union.
America never treated Pakistan as a friend. There can be no friendship between a beggar and an alms-giver;