The attack on PNS Mehran, the naval airbase in Karachi, is indeed the third attack on the Pakistan Navy during current month, though the first after the killing by US forces of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, and has been the bloodiest so far, as not only were two PC3 Orion aircrafts destroyed, but eight naval officers were among those killed. The attackers also seem to have not just tried to take revenge for Bin Ladens killing, but have also tried to show something that the militants were trying to do by attacks even before Bin Laden was killed. If one keeps in mind that the attack on the Navy has come after the PAF was attacked by the Abbottabad raid itself, which it says its radars failed to detect, and after the Armys GHQ itself was also attacked in a parallel fashion to the raid on the airbase, it seems increasingly obvious that the attacks are aimed at the armed forces of Pakistan, and aims not so much to cause damage to them, as to make it seem that they cannot protect themselves. That would imply that they are unable to perform their task of defending the country. Though the PAF has not had any installations attacked, the Abbottabad raid showed that it was not able to detect the American intrusion, and thus the skies were not safe for the citizenry. While the tragedy is clearly of huge dimensions, it is also obvious that the attacks could not have been carried out without state involvement. There are two countries which have an almost instinctive desire to damage Pakistan, and wish to damage its armed forces: India, as well as its main backer, the USA. India, after having duly informed the USA, would have carried out action. It should also be kept in mind that India has an intense dislike of the PC3 Orions, and has already shot down one over the Rann of Kutch when it was on a routine flight. The Orions, apart from being surveillance aircraft, are also equipped with a Harpoon anti-ship missile, which India sees as a challenge to its command of the Indian Ocean and to its ability to force Pakistan to do its maritime will. The government has blamed extremists in an attempt to curry favour with the USA, and win its sympathy, but it should remember that US complicity in this attack cannot be ruled out, and thus the USA is proving a treacherous friend. Though it may be of some help to the PPP government, it is clearly of none to either the people of Pakistan or their armed forces. The conclusion thus is clear: Pakistan should immediately cease to have any further alliance with the USA in its War on Terror, and the government should pay more attention to protecting its own citizens than pleasing a foreign government. That such a policy would have the advantage of being uniformly popular is an added attraction with a general election now round the corner.