Out of 440 MPs, around 70 attended the in-camera debate on the war on terror on Friday and the number was around 30 at the time of adjournment of the parliamentary session. One feels amused and frustrated at the same time. Amused because we have been reminded day and night by our prime minister and president that this war on terror is our war and yet, from the turnout at the parliament, it seems their convictions are not even shared by their party members, leave alone the opposition MPs. The MPs all seem frustrated that external factors have such a great influence on our domestic politics and that millions of rupees are being spent daily on parliamentary proceedings aimed at owning a war which never was, and never will be, our own. At a time when divisions are appearing in the western coalition itself with regards to the war, with ex-MI5 Chief Stella Rimington saying in an interview to the Guardian that the American invasion of Afghanistan was "a huge over reaction to 911", we sorely need to revisit our policy. This war from the start was about securing American interests and shoring up its security. Now the British spy chief is openly suggesting that 9-11 was "just another terrorist" incident. About time we reconsidered too. -MOEZ MOBEEN, Islamabad, via e-mail, October 21.