Pakistan Army is fighting a street battle in Swat with militants and the people of that area have fled their homes to save their women and children. What a time in our history What price are we paying for Mr Bush and his barbarian policies? Drones are raining missiles on our territory. We are well and truly being pushed into the Dark Ages, not just by the Americans but by the merciless loadshedding too, which has brought our economy to a grinding halt. This, while our government has lost its writ on 70% to 80% of our country. What a pathetic state of affairs And yet, we are quietly suffering it all as if it is our fate? We are still inviting some of the accomplices of this outrage on our TV channels and, in a way, giving them opportunity to wash their dirty linen in public. I admire the shamelessness of some like Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, the Memon girl and all these other Johnies. In the last 8 years, they had left no stone unturned to make praises for their uniformed master. He was hailed as 'Mr know all' and 'the saviour'. My appeal to the media and the masses is to call a spade a spade and for once expose them all. -AMJAD H. MIRZA, Lahore, via e-mail, May 20.