Ours is a poor country that spends most of its resources to support a huge army. It does so in the belief that a strong army will protect our citizens and territory from foreign aggression. In recent months, we have been subjected to repeated attacks by foreign forces that have taken the lives of scores of Pakistani civilians. Sadly, there has been no attempt to intercept the raids or counter the enemy in any other way. This raises the basic question: if the army is unable to do what it is supposed to do, should we continue to expend precious resources on it that could be used far more productively to meet other pressing needs?-BATUL RIZVI, Karachi, via e-mail, July 29.