Hovering somewhere in nether regions in the latest listing of failed states of this world - the reasons for failure being many and varied - is Pakistan. Strictly speaking it is not the state that has failed as it has valiantly managed to trundle on year after dreary year, set in its devious unworkable ways, unchanging and unchanged because whatever be the combined leadership it has been and is always and solely in place to take care of itself and its national parasites at the cost of the state and its people. What can on all counts be termed failed is the government. We have had failed governments for as long as can be remembered, all inactive as far as the welfare of the people is concerned, all moving with deliberation in the direction of the pockets or the personal interests of their destructive members. So, yes, in a way we could be again categorised as a failed state as we are headed by another failed government. Uncle Sam and the various aunts who make up the rest of the western powers have professed from time to time that their interest is in a stable upward moving yuppie Pakistan but their actions have rarely matched their words. They have doled out what is known as aid to keep Pakistan afloat and hitched to its never to be removed life support system, in their own varied interests. And why not? After all, as Pakistan well knows, national interest is national interest and it has forever been in Pakistan's national interest to latch itself to whomsoever can keep it from sinking under the ever threatening flood of incompetence, corruption and couldn't-care-less attitude of whatever political party or military dictator happens to be in the ultimate power seat. A failed state it is because it has never been able to produce a successful government. The people have been kept in a paralytic state, subservient to religious and feudal political classes. Under this current government which claims to be of the people, though its entire leadership is divorced from any relationship with the people other than that of a feudal nature, the failures of governance are glaringly obvious. The people felt betrayed when the original PPP could not deliver on the promise of roti, kapra aur makan. There were cases of employees giving the two fingered sign to their employers telling them that their days were numbered as people's power was on the way in. The People's Party when formed had little to do with the people as its main leadership was firmly in the feudal camp - as it is today in the form of the PPP-Z. The begging bowl is in the fore and dribs and drabs flow in, Pakistan being geographically situated as it is. If some form of leadership existed which was not merely involved in its own survival but had the will to use geography for the good of the state and its people, geographical location could pay off. The latest US offering in the form of the Kerry-Lugar Bill is held by many media commentators as an insult to Pakistan in light of what the US spends on its interests in other countries - but beggars can't be choosers, as the old saying goes, and Pakistan has always been the beggar in the woodpile. The main aim of the bill is to "support the consolidation of democracy, good governance, and the rule of law in Pakistan." A cruel joke as the US well knows that under this government, which it has installed, the three conditions are a distant dream. The accidental president, Asif Ali Zardari, seems be bent upon hanging on to the powers possessed by his predecessor (an admitted dictator who ravaged an already ravaged constitution) despite all overblown protestations to the contrary. Moreover the president stated to a gathering of bureaucrats that our own homegrown terrorists - militants and extremists "were deliberately created and nurtured as a policy to achieve short-term tactical objectives." "Let's be truthful and make a candid admission of the reality," were his words. However this glasnost was somewhat in contradiction to what his man in Washington had penned for him in an op-ed on June 22 in the Washington Post. There it was maintained that "because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the West used my nation as a blunt instrument of the Cold War....Once the Soviets were defeated, the Americans took the next bus out of town, leaving behind a political vacuum that ultimately led to the Talibanisation...and the current jihad insurrection in Pakistan." Is there is a tentative emergence from the age of denial underway? The writer is a freelance columnist