Whether or not the shaky cease-fire in effect since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States holds, the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace remain dim.
I think its almost impossible for us in this country to conceive of what would drive people to this state of rage.
Global warming is an example of an environmental issue that is perhaps not as obviously vital to national interests as terrorism, but which--like terrorism--has the potential to affect the entire world and not just the United States.
Ever since hijacked aircraft smashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, the White House and the Pentagon have been devising a menu of retaliatory strikes against those deemed responsible.
The U.S. is now officially among the few countries in the world not formally committed to the fight against racism.
It appears that foreign governments will be rewarded or punished by whether or not they become part of the U.S.-led war against terrorism.
If Muslims are responsible for the attack on America, then Muslims as never before will be in desperate need of American protection.
Instead of continuing the cycle of violence, we need to re-evaluate policies that lead to such anger and resentment.
Whatever turn events take from here onward, the Pakistani state and society is bracing for a troubling time ahead.
It would be premature at this point for anyone to come forward with a grand blueprint for America's future defense posture.