Mao said "successful diplomacy had the mouth of a gun." It means military might is important for successful diplomacy or to have an influential role in the world. Later, Henry Kissinger changed the adage to add gold to guns. What he meant was that mere military might is not sufficient, the economic muscle matters even more. Countries who heavily depend on foreign aid and are not able to survive a few weeks with out it cannot possibly hope to play a significant role in international politics. Beggars, not only cant be choosers but they can never be deliverers in any situation. Weak, small states do not have a role to play in the world. Unfortunately, all developing countries fall in this category, as does our Pakistan. -RASHIDA AHMED, Rawalpindi, January 27.