"The rationale for the current U.S.-Pakistan engagement is the war on terror. Because this is also the rationale for many other events world wide there is a need to flag some aspects of past U.S.- Pakistan engagements. Pakistan's geo-strategic and geo-political goals were determined by the environment created by the unresolved issues with India and the consequent hostility, the close alliance between India, the former USSR and Afghanistan and the global war against Communism waged by the United States throughout the Cold War period. The USSR's invasion of Afghanistan gave the United States the opportunity to build the Resistance in Afghanistan into a jihad by forging an alliance with the Islamic countries. Pakistan became the logistic base and the front line state in this decade long struggle. This is when the seeds of terror were sown in Afghanistan. These seeds flourished because no one foresaw the consequences-they only saw the immediate opportunities and Pakistan was no exception."
Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Contemporary Conflict: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil
Strategic Insights (June 2007), v.6 iss.4