Amidst the crescendo of Pakistan bashing following the US Navy SEALs successful elimination of Osama bin Laden, China is the only country, which has come to the nations support. The world is, on the one hand, mocking Pakistan that its intelligence agencies remained oblivious of Osamas presence in Abbottabad and, on the other, they are taunting its armed forces that they were caught napping while the US Navy SEALs sneaked in stealthily, carried out the operation and left silently. The term being used by CIA Director Leon Panetta is that either the ISI was complicit or it is incompetent. Pakistan is being hounded by the US after its violation of Pakistans sovereignty as well as extrajudicial killing of bin Laden. The UK, France, Germany and a host of other nations are parroting the US claims that Pakistan needs to get its act together and come clean on its harbouring the worlds most wanted person, although the US has itself admitted that ultimately, it was the ISI that had provided exclusive leads, which ultimately led them to reach Osama. Also, the US has gone to the extent that if it gets actionable intelligence about other terrorist leaders hiding in Pakistan, its forces will take similar action. Moreover, lawmakers in Washington are calling for a review of financial assistance in the wake of bin Ladens killing. Some leaders like Panetta and a host of Senators and Congressmen are being downright rude and accusatory. Under the circumstances, Chinas call on the international community to support Pakistan is the lone voice of sanity. Whereas the West is being highly critical of Pakistans efforts to tackle terrorism following Osamas killing in Abbottabad, China has rightly asked the critics to support Pakistan instead. Beijing has mounted a strong defence of its all weather strategic ally and neighbour, describing it as being at the forefront of international counterterrorism efforts. The international community should understand and support Pakistan, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu. China has declared that it supports Pakistans position, and understands and welcomes Islamabad formulating and implementing a counterterrorism strategy based on its own national conditions. It also appreciates our active participation in international counterterrorism efforts. This Chinese vote of confidence comes against a rising tide of criticism from the West. For example, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the Pakistani government had a lot of questions to answer. Amidst the barbs and taunts on Pakistans air defence system and its security and intelligence agencies, the US is forgetting one important fact that despite its sophisticated security system and state-of-the-art technology in detecting intruders, the perpetrators of 9/11 hoodwinked the system and committed their heinous crime. Should the world then consider the US complicit to the crime against humanity or to be just incompetent? After all, a handful of Arab expatriates, with little or no flying training managed to board four different civil airliners with firearms, overpowered the crew, hijacked the planes and smashed two in the twin towers, one into Pentagon, while a fourth went down missing its target. If the US has any sense of maturity, first of all it should stop cackling like a hen which has laid an ordinary egg but makes so much racket, as if it has laid an asteroid. Indeed, Osama bin Laden was a high value target, but after eliminating it at a cost of over 100,000 lives in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and having sacrificed nearly 7,000 US armed forces personnel and spending 12 trillion dollars, is the world a safer place? Al-Qaeda is an ideology; killing its leader has not killed the ideology. Even if the US has eliminated Osama, it needs a reality check, since it has not even dented the ideology of Al-Qaeda; unless it eradicates that ideology, the world will not be safe. As Pakistan and China are observing 60 years of establishing diplomatic relations, Beijing has once again proved that it is our most reliable ally and true friend. It is high time that the Pakistani leadership realises that the US is not our friend. It uses Pakistan whenever need arises and once the need is fulfilled or ceases to exist, it does not hasitate to dump it and adds insult to injury by imposing sanctions on it. So there is only one option for Pakistan and that is to look East (towards China) for support and friendship. Business relationship with the US can continue, but Pakistans true friend is China only. n The writer is a political and defence analyst.