US seems to have come far from the days when she used to request Pakistan to 'do more to its present dictating stance of 'do away with the Haqqani group. The diktat is not only confined to the speeches and statements but has also veiled threats of sorts economic as well as military intervention. People are talking openly of the possibility of a war between the two erstwhile closest of the allies. Though the signs look ominous yet, the brighter side of the picture is that it has imbued the nation with a unity full of resilience. Whether the war comes or not, prudence demands that the nation must be prepared for it. In that: The National Security Council should immediately be revived and tasked with recommending immediate measures to counter the threat. A war cabinet under the PM should declare emergency in the country to gear up, regulate and ration all national resources to sustain the nation in the event of any embargos placed. As the war is most likely to be aerial, Civil Defense Organisations should immediately start training people and volunteers in all cities and towns, with special emphasis on the ABC (Atomic, Biological and Chemical) warfare. Political parties must forget their petty difference and come out as one united nation. Media must make our adversaries see and hear for themselves our resolve, our unity, and our national resilience to safeguard and sacrifice even our life for our country and independence. COL.RIAZ JAFRI (RETD), Rawalpindi, September 27.