FOREIGN Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi seemed communicative and straight in his address to the students at Oxford University. His statement that Pakistan has been ravaged by the war on terrorism with its economy suffering losses to the tune of $35 billion, is an honest portrayal of the sticky situation that the country has been pushed into. He rightly maintained that of all the countries engaged in the battle against militancy, Pakistan had suffered the most and is in urgent need of support from the international community. Likewise, his assertion that New Delhi would have to mend its ways in order for the dialogue process to go forward seems to be the right approach to counter the Indian arrogance. However, caught up in his bewilderment, he missed the most crucial point. His comment that it was our own war and that the government has now done well to own it cannot be termed as true. On the one hand, he views the terror war as something harmful since it has wrecked Pakistan and its economy; on the other, he is saying that the government took the right step to endorse it. How could he miss the fact that the previous government was forced into the war literally at gunpoint by Mr Bush who had warned us categorically that either we stood with him or with the terrorists. The policy of the use of force in the tribal areas, which was forcibly preached to us by the US, was a flawed one, as it has landed us in a great deal of trouble.. Consequently, we are virtually on our hands and knees begging the West for emergency aid and funding to sustain the economy. Sadly enough, in a proof that he had learnt nothing from past experience, he hinted at the possibility of opening up a new front in North Waziristan agency. He had better recall that the latest peace initiatives in the tribal areas are turning out to be quite successful. For instance, the Mehsud tribe and others have pledged loyalty to the state and to be law-abiding citizens. True, the West must be told in no uncertain terms to compensate Pakistan sufficiently for providing a yeomans service in its war. But the government must also realise that it is finally the time to break ranks with the Americans. While they are packing up and leaving, given the humiliation that they have to suffer in Afghanistan, they want us to keep playing those ugly games. The drone attacks are intensifying a severe backlash. Reportedly, the US intends to continue the strikes for many years to come. The Foreign Minister must realise that this is a ploy to keep Pakistan embroiled in the conflict. The situation calls for removing these foreign policy dilemmas.