President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the recent verbal assaults by a section of the United States government has not only helped terrorists but also affected the war against terror. The president, in an article published in the Washington Post by the name of Talk to, not at, Pakistan, stressed the need for resumption of serious dialogue between the two countries. The strategy of blaming Pakistan not only had a damaging impact on the relationship between the two countries, it also compromised common goals of defeating terrorism, extremism and fanaticism, President Zardari wrote. It is time for the rhetoric to cool and for serious dialogue between allies to resume. The President said Pakistan sits on many critical fault lines and its geopolitical location forces us to look to a future where the great global wars will be fought on the battleground of ideas. He pointed out that from the Middle East to South Asia, a hurricane of change is transforming closed societies into marketplaces of competing narratives. The contest between the incendiary politics of extremism and the slow burn of modern democracy is already being fought in every village filled with cellphones, in every schoolroom, on every television talk show. It is a battle that moderation must win, he stressed. He emphasized that when we commit to a partnership against terrorism, we do it in the hope that our joint goals will be addressed. When we add our shoulder to the battle, we look for outcomes that leave us stronger. Zardari said we are being battered by nature and by our friends. This has shocked a nation that is bearing the brunt of the terrorist whirlwind in the region. Recounting the sacrifices by Pakistan, the President said since 9/11 we have lost 30,000 innocent civilians and 5,000 military and police officers to the militant mind-set that the U.S. government is now charging that we support. We have suffered more than 300 suicide bomb attacks by the forces that allegedly find sanctuary within our borders. We have hemorrhaged approximately $100 billion directly in the war effort and tens of billions more in lost foreign investment. The war is being fought in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, yet Washington has invested almost nothing on our side of the border and hundreds of billions of dollars on the other side. The President said both the United States and Pakistan need to learn from history. In the 10 years that NATO has been in the neighborhood, it has not even attempted to choke the worlds largest production of narcotic contraband that funds terrorist activity. Yet we struggle to hold the line against the tidal wave of extremism that surges into Pakistan each day from internationally controlled areas of Afghanistan. While we are accused of harboring extremism, the United States is engaged in outreach and negotiations with the very same groups, he pointed out. He said the Pakistani street is thick with questions with people asking is our blood so cheap, are the lives of our children worthless, must we fight alone in our region all those that others now seek to embrace and how long can we degrade our capacity by fighting an enemy that the might of the NATO global coalition has failed to eliminate? He told the Americans that as they plan to remove the ground forces from Afghanistan and once again leave our region, we are attempting to prepare for post-withdrawal realities. He questioned why is it unreasonable for us to be concerned about the immediate and long-term situation of our Western border? The President asked where do the United States and Pakistan go from here? We are partners in a world where broadcasts and bombs know no borders. We fight a common menace, we share the same democratic values and dreams for a moderate, modern, pluralistic, democratic South and Central Asia. yet we never saw Congress approve the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones that were meant to secure vulnerable livelihoods. Zardari said the recent accusations against Pakistan have been a serious setback to the war effort and our joint strategic interests. He said when the allies dont strategize together, when an ally is informed instead of consulted, both suffer. The sooner we stop shooting verbal arrows at each other and coordinate our resources against the advancing flag of fanaticism, the sooner we can restore stability to the land for which so much of humanity continues to sacrifice the President concluded.