Despite being a much weaker nation militarily, Iran has forced United States into talks with itself on equal terms and made the superpower show respect for its sovereignty. On the other hand Pakistan, a nuclear state, is rolling on its back at the feet of Uncle Sam despite repeated attacks on our soil. Ever wondered what is the difference between Iran and us? It's self-respect, integrity and an honest leadership that has faith in itself. Stooges can not live with honor. -DR IRFAN ZAFAR, Islamabad, via e-mail, March 31.