No nation can sustain war due to its enormous cost both in terms of financial and human resources. Even victorious empires collapse after hostilities cease. For instance the sun finally set on the victorious British Empire after the end of the Second World War in 1945. In the 90s the might Soviet Empire collapsed after the stalemate in Afghanistan. Now the Capitalist Empire is fighting-on for survival both in Iraq and Afghanistan. No system or empire (imperialist, socialist, or capitalist) was able to survive war. In 1965 Pakistan went to war with India, it resulted in resources economic melt down and caused the fall of the Ayub regime. The war in 1971 also resulted in the collapse of the economic order. In the 80s the country activity supported the Afghan resistance against the Soviet invasion with disastrous consequences. Currently the armed forces are involved in conflict in the tribal areas at an exorbitant cost of the nation. Unfortunately nations do not learn from history. Resources must be planned and arranged before under taking any venture including war which is perhaps the most costly human undertaking. Japan has succeeded in building one of the strongest economies by keeping away from armaments. China is on course of becoming a superpower by 2030 by avoiding conflicts. Now Taiwan, the capitalist part of China, is poised to merge with the mainland socialist part as economic disparities are removed. With over 500,000 troops in occupied Kashmir, the Indian economy was seriously hurt and on the verge of a collapse. Conflict are un-sustainable everywhere and armed strength should only be used to negotiate peace not war. The cost of war in the tribal areas has to be worked out. As a nation can we afford this adventurism? Whose war is it? How long will it take to heal the wounds? Who will pay for the rehabilitation after hostilities cease. Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to bleed. Refugees are all over. First the Afghan arrived, followed by the tribals. Homelessness and suffering are rampant. Instead of rehabilitation the focus is on conflict. There is insurgency in both countries that continues unabated. However, it is important to understand that several war torn nations seeks help for rehabilitation. In Bosnia mass graves are still being discovered. Iraq is totally ravaged. Afghanistan is in ruins and massively mined. Pakistan continues to accommodate millions of refuges both from Afghanistan and its own tribal areas. Suicide bombings and terrorist attacks are rampant causing death and destruction. Dialogue is the best available option. Awe end fury of armaments is only short lived. Human resistance is unsure mountable. In a conflict so close to home no one mines and everyone has to bear the cost. At the end it is exercise in futility. Resources have to be then pulled in for reconstruction. So why destroy them in the first place? First it was the USSR that imposed war, than the warlords unleashed their terror and now the US. Almost everything has been destroyed. Normalcy will take decades to set in and then the settlement of the displaced persons can start. The Pakistan Army has also been dragged into the conflict at the behest of foreign powers. Undoubtedly, prosperity comes through peace not conflict. The people of Pakistan must profit from the promise of 21st century by giving peace a chance, refraining from conflicts and sending the khakis back to their barracks where they rightfully belong. Please no more adventurism, the country has suffered enough. The writer is an ex-chairman of the Pakistan Science Foundation